Leap Year: Girlfriend Takes Tradition to a New Level by Proposing in Marylebone Station

Leap year: Girlfriend takes tradition to a new level by proposing in Marylebone Station

Leap year proposal Marylebone Station London

A romantic girlfriend took the leap year tradition to a new level when she surprised her partner and hundreds of commuters as she proposed to her other half in one of London’s busiest train stations this morning.

Nicole Ross, 27, celebrated the age-old custom of a woman proposing to a man on 29 February, by popping the question to her boyfriend of three years, Craig Mackay, 31, in London Marylebone Station.

The wedding proposal included a flash mob choir, a tannoy announcement and the sweet words ‘Will you marry me Craig?’ appearing on the arrivals and departures board as Nicole got down on one knee. So adorable!

The proposal was all made possible when Nicole was chosen by Two Together Railcard, which offers a third off rail travel for two people travelling together, to make her perfect leap year proposal a dream come true. Months and months of careful planning went into creating the special moment.

Elizabeth Hillerby, Marketing Manager at Two Together Railcard, said: “Asking someone to marry you can be a nerve-wracking experience at the best of times, particularly when the traditional roles are reversed. We wanted to provide a boost for all those women looking to propose this leap year by helping one lucky lady create an extra-special proposal.

“We were thrilled to be able to make Nicole’s proposal dreams a reality and hope this will give other women the confidence to pop the question to their partners too.”

The lovebirds had travelled to London together under the guise of an all-expenses paid weekend in the capital. With a busy day of sightseeing and shopping planned, they headed to Marylebone station where a ‘busker’ had started singing their favourite song – ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams.

One-by-one a congregation of ‘spectators’, including station staff joined in the hit song until Nicole got down on one knee to pop the question.

Nicole said: “I’ve always been one for big romantic gestures and seeing as it’s a leap year I thought why not take the next step in our relationship and do it in a way that we will both remember for the rest of our lives. 

“I wanted the day to be perfect down to the last detail, from the flash mob singing our favourite song, to the celebratory announcement over the tannoy. It took a great deal of hard work and planning, but thanks to Two Together Railcard and Chiltern Railways we were able to create a really special day that will stay with us both forever.”

Craig said: “Nicole has never been one to do things by halves and she certainly didn’t disappoint on this occasion. We have discussed marriage in the past but for her to propose was completely unexpected – not to mention how it all took place!

“The whole weekend has been fantastic and I’m looking forward to many more adventures with Nicole in the future.”

Marylebone Station is managed by Chiltern Railways, Jennifer Payne, Customer Services Director, said: “We were really happy to be able to host Nicole and Craig’s proposal.

“We’ve had some exciting events in the station over the years, including the filming of Beatles’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and a romantic scene from popular TV sitcom, Gavin and Stacey. Without doubt this has to be one of the most personal and heart-warming things we’ve been lucky enough to witness at Marylebone.

“The couple both seemed really happy and we wish them all the best for their future together.”

Elizabeth Hillerby from Two Together Railcard, added: “After working closely with Nicole over the past few months it was fantastic to see the couple’s special moment come together so successfully.”

Charlotte Giver

Charlotte is the founder and editor-in-chief at Your Coffee Break magazine. She studied English Literature at Fairfield University in Connecticut whilst taking evening classes in journalism at MediaBistro in NYC. She then pursued a BA degree in Public Relations at Bournemouth University in the UK. With a background working in the PR industry in Los Angeles, Barcelona and London, Charlotte then moved on to launching Your Coffee Break from the YCB HQ in London’s Covent Garden and has been running the online magazine for the past 10 years. She is a mother, an avid reader, runner and puts a bit too much effort into perfecting her morning brew.