VIDEO: Loved-up man stunts fake lecture to propose in Sheffield

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A devoted man raised the bar for boyfriends everywhere when he organised a fake lecture in Sheffield to pop the question.

Romantic Paul Neale proposed to girlfriend Sarah Fawcett in the same lecture theatre at Sheffield Hallam University where they first exchanged glances seven years ago.

Surprise proposal by Paul Neale to his girlfriend Sarah at Sheffield Hallam University.

Surprise proposal by Paul Neale to his girlfriend Sarah at Sheffield Hallam University.

But instead of just getting down on bended knee, he told Sarah they were attending a talk where he would speak.

Paul started a slideshow about travel marketing before launching into an elaborate ten-minute routine featuring a band, dancers and a slideshow before asking Sarah to become his wife with a diamond ring.

Crowds of university staff and students, who knew about the ruse, cheered widly when the stunned 29-year-old said ‘yes.’

Sarah admitted she had ‘no idea’ about the proposal.

She said: “I’d been telling my work colleagues about coming to the presentation and they were winding me up saying Paul would propose but I said ‘in front of 200 people, are you kidding?’

“I thought it was weird that he seemed nervous because he is great at public speaking.

“When I saw the first slide saying ‘suprise’ I just burst out crying.

“It is typically Paul, I knew he wouldn’t do anything normal to propose.

“My knees are shaking - I’m just completely in a daze.”

Paul planned the stunt over five weeks with the help of the university.

The 29-year-old took dance lessons, faked a letter about the lecture and also videod Sarah’s dad giving his permission.

He said: “We’ve had a great seven years and Sarah has been a huge support and stood by me.

“So I wanted as many people as possible to know how much I love her.”

The happy couple fly to New York today to celebrate.