Two regulars at Mecca Bingo‘s Birkenhead branch, Kayleigh Delamere and Aaron Stott, got engaged at the bingo hall when Stott popped the question in a surprise proposal.
A video of the proposal has been shared over 100,000 times on Facebook, with many comments from well-wishers.
Aaron Stott told the Liverpool Echo: “I can’t believe how many people have watched it. With Kayleigh’s job she doesn’t get to go out much, so when she can we usually go the bingo so I thought it’d be nice to do it there. We usually go and have a few pints, Kayleigh usually has a pint of Coke, and something to eat. We go as much as we can – sometimes it’s not very often but sometimes it can be a few nights a week.”
The proposal was made with the help of a bingo caller, and took Stott several days of planning.
“I went down to the bingo earlier that day to arrange it but it wasn’t until about 5 o’clock on the night that it got confirmed. They switch managers in the afternoon so I had to speak to the later manager to get it all OK’d. There’s always a 15 minute break where they play a short game, but there’s always a break and she [the bingo caller] did it in the break.”
The plan was successful, as it took Kayleigh Delamere completely by surprise.
“I had absolutely no idea anything was going on,” Delamere commented. “It was a complete surprise, but we both love to go to the bingo together, so I think that’s why he picked there.”
It also seems like the joy of the event got to the bingo caller – who became a little emotional at the proposal! And it was apparent that those were not the only dry eyes in the bingo hall that day.
“She did get a bit teary eyed, everyone clapped for us and everyone was saying congratulations,” said Stott. “We celebrated with a bottle of prosecco afterwards.”
The Echo asked the couple if they’d consider getting married at Mecca Bingo following the proposal.
Kayleigh joked: “No! We won’t have a big wedding we’ll probably get married in a registry office I think.”
Information and image source: The Liverpool Echo