Stunned girlfriend says ‘yes’ after Sheffield flashmob wedding proposal

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A loved-up boyfriend took the surprise element of a wedding proposal to a whole new level by popping the question during a flashmob dance routine.

Chris Wood, aged 32, roped in around 90 people to help him stage a show-stopping proposal to his unsuspecting girlfriend, Laura Betts, in Sheffield’s Peace Gardens.

Christopher Wood and Laura Betts in The Peace Gardens

Christopher Wood and Laura Betts in The Peace Gardens

The shocked 28-year-old, who was shopping in the city with her sister, had no idea Chris had spent three months secretly planning and perfecting an unforgettable performance to ask for her hand in marriage.

Chris, from Swallownest, Rotherham, said: “I’d spotted flashmob wedding proposals online and thought it would be a different way to ask Laura to marry me.

“I set up a Facebook group to recruit dancers and swore her friends to secrecy.

“I was incredibly nervous and it was an emotional day, but luckily Laura said yes - she couldn’t believe I’d kept it a secret.”

The marriage proposal by Christopher Wood to Laura Betts

The marriage proposal by Christopher Wood to Laura Betts

On the big day Chris and his helpers, aged six to 56, leapt into action to perform a lively six-minute routine set to Love Affair’s Everlasting Love, Beyonce’s Put A Ring On It, and Bruno Mars’ Marry You.

At the end dancers revealed T-shirts saying ‘marry me’ and Chris dropped to one knee in front of Laura, who been escorted to the gardens by her sister.

Chris added: “It went even better expected and we got a great cheer from those watching.

“The only question now is how I’ll top it at the wedding.”