The day Keith shopped the question

A ROMANTIC charity volunteer put his heart in the shop window when he proposed with a public notice.

Keith Mountain posted "Lesleyanne will you marry me love Keith" in the front window of the British Heart Foundation charity shop in the hope his sweetheart would see it as she passed.

Two days later his partner of two years, Lesleyanne Slee, returned the favour with a "yes I will Keith".

The romantic reply came despite her name being spelled wrongly when well-meaning shop sraff created the colourful window card.

Keith, who volunteers at the shop, said: "I wanted to do something special and I thought this would be perfect.

"The manager mentioned the idea and I like it straight away. I've never heard of anyone do this.

"I've had lots of phone calls from my family and friends who saw it and were impressed."

The couple, who are parents to Tjay, who turns one on January 28, now hope to tie the knot in September.

Keith, 19, had put the notice in the window on Tuesday, January 11, as it tied in with Lesleyanne's 26th birthday.

Lesleyanne, who is also mum to Michael Ord, eight, and Danielle Ord, six, says she was given a tip-off to check the shop front and stood in shock as she read the note.

The bank nurse, who does shifts at the University Hospital of North Durham, said: "It was very unexpected how he did it, but I had the idea that he was building up to it.

"It was lovely though and I'm very happy. It was a big shock.

"We just want a simple wedding and we're already looking at getting married in September so there isn't long to go."

The couple, who live in Bowness Close, Peterlee, will have their messages left up among dozens of other loving messages that are on display in the shop window, in Yohden Way, Peterlee, until Valentine's Day as part of the BHF's heart month.

The charity aims to raise 550,000 into heart disease research with this year's campaign, with the Peterlee shop itself hoping to secure 2,000 through the 1 cards, business donations and collections.

Margaret Booth, shop manager, said: "I have been here for eight years and I always hoped someone would do this, but I never thought it would be someone working here.

"They are a fantastic couple."

To donate to the shop ring (0191) 5180027.