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EastEnders character helps Dan propose

By Natasha Swift 10th May 2017

EastEnders character helps Dan propose
POPPING THE QUESTION: Dan Leigh with the cast of Out of Order

ONE St Austell man enlisted the help of Barry from EastEnders and Marlene from Only Fools and Horses to propose to his girlfriend in front of 500 people at The Hall for Cornwall.

For most people proposing to their girlfriend is nerve wracking enough, without doing it in front of an audience of hundreds of people, but that is exactly what Dan Leigh decided to do.

The 40-year-old asked the producers of Out of Order - a 1990 farce written by English playwright Ray Cooney - if the cast could play a part in his plans to propose to girlfriend Sophie Ramuz after the show.

Once the performance was over Shaun Williamson, who plays Barry Evans in EastEnders, told the crowd: “Tonight we have yet another special occasion here in Truro. There’s a gentleman in the audience who very much loves the lady in his life and he’d like to make a very public pronouncement of that fact.”

Two members of the crew then unrolled a banner at the front of the stage saying: “Sophie, will you marry me.”

Sophie, 38, and Dan were then invited up on stage where the bride-to-be said yes.
Dan, who has been with Sophie for 18 months, said he had wanted to propose in a memorable way and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do something the couple wouldn’t forget. He told the Voice: “I thought it’d be a good idea to have a banner made up and propose at the end of the show.

“Shaun Williamson, Sue Holderness and other members of the cast helped me out and thankfully she said yes.

“Sophie knew something was up, but didn’t quite know what it was. I’m hopeless at keeping secrets so she knew something was going on.

“We talked about getting engaged and I just wanted it to be memorable and this was a nice thing to do.

“When the banner was held up there was a big ‘awwww’ from the crowd. Then we got called up onto the stage and I went down on one knee and asked her.”

By Natasha Swift 10th May 2017

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