New Year countdown ends with a surprise proposal

Anna Heathcote and Daniel Gurney who got engaged in the centre of Warkworth at New Year.

Anna Heathcote and Daniel Gurney who got engaged in the centre of Warkworth at New Year.

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Bride-to-be Anna Heathcote always believed that her long-term boyfriend would give her a proposal to remember.

And he certainly didn’t disappoint.

For the last few years, Daniel Gurney has led Warkworth’s New Year’s countdown at the Market Cross.

Only this time, in the company of scores of revellers, the 32-year-old had an extra-special announcement to make on the stroke of midnight.

“It was a wonderful surprise,” said Anna, 34.

“I was laughing and crying at the same time. Daniel never does things by half and I knew in my heart of hearts he was going to do it in style.

“I thought I would be embarrassed by having such a public declaration but it was nice that there was a lot of people there who we knew.”

For Daniel, the proposal was a long time in the making and he admits there were plenty of nerves beforehand.

He said: “The idea was to do it on the dot of midnight. My friend counted down with me.

“He said Happy New Year and I spun round with a ring and yelled, ‘Will you marry me?’

“New Year is quite significant to Anna and me. It was a good coup d’état to hijack New Year’s Eve in front of everybody in Warkworth.”

The engagement ring is Daniel’s grandmother’s, bought by his late grandfather.

He said: “My grandma was overjoyed. She came to me and said ‘if you want to marry Anna, then I want you to have the engagement ring’.”

Daniel and Anna grew up in Warkworth, but live in Hadston.

They have been together for nearly five years and have a two-year-old daughter, Sophie. They expect the wedding will be local, probably in the winter of 2015.

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