Surprise Marriage proposal on Cromer Pier

Cromer pier was like a scene from a romantic Hollywood movie last night, after Months of planning concluded with a successful marriage proposal in the sunset. Melanie Algate said “Yes” when brave Lee Black, 31, popped the question.

A series of romantic messages lined the length of the pier, as Lee led the unsuspecting Ms Algate, 26, towards Cromer Pavilion Theatre.

Suddenly a flash-mob dance routine outside the pavilion theatre burst into action when the last message, held up by Ms Algate’s sons Ajay, nine, and four-year-old Ashton, read: “Mummy, Lee has something important to ask you.”

The dancers surrounded a tearful Ms Algate in a circle and threw colourful confetti in the air before Lee, got down on one knee, popped the question and placed a diamond engagement ring on her finger. “How could I say ‘no’” joked Ms Algate, from Mundesley.

Ms Lee burst into tears and said it was a total surprise “It was so emotional for me – I knew Lee was romantic, but I didn’t know he could plan all this, I’m completely overwhelmed”

Mr Black, who owns Cromer Trading Centre, on the town’s Mount Street, said he had been very nervous and shaking as they left the Red Lion pub, where they had been having a drink.

He told Melanie that they were picking up tickets for the forthcoming Oliver production from the pavilion box office.

and walked along the pier. “I told her we were picking up tickets for Oliver! from the theatre and I don’t think she suspected anything,” he said.

Natalie Sands, from Marlene’s School of Dance in Cromer, planned the flash-mob routine, using 16 dancers who performed to Bruno Mars’ Marry You.

Ms Algate, who works as a personal assistant at the Bacton Gas site, said they had talked about getting married in the past.

The couple met in a bar in Cromer and have been together for 18 months. Lee thought it would be appropraite to arrange the dream proposal from where the romance started.

They plan to marry in two years’ time in Mundesley Parish Church, where Ms Algate was christened.

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