A RAIL enthusiast got the shock of his life as his loving partner took advantage of the leap day tradition.
Former Hartlepool man Neil Kennedy, 46, was delighted after his partner Fiona Boubert, 45, took him to Alresford railway station, on the Watercree Line, in Hampshire, for the chance to step foot on a steam train.
But what Neil did not know was Fiona had won a competition with romance publisher Mills & Boon to create the perfect romantic moment and popped the question while on board the train.
Neil, who works for thetrainline.com and lived in Hartlepool before moving to join Fiona in Edinburgh, said: “It felt different, very very surprising.
“I had absolutely no problem with saying yes to the question.
“I’m not one for knowing what date it is so it was only after I had been asked that it dawned on me what the date was, it was a complete shock.”
Fiona, 45, a civil servant, said: “I told him we were going on a mystery holiday that I had won and that we were flying to Heathrow and being picked up by car and that was all I knew - it all worked very well.
“I told Neil he has to plan an even bigger surprise for the wedding, something spectacular.”
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