IT was a Hollywood moment for one lucky Burnley girlfriend when her romantic partner whisked her off her feet with An Officer and a Gentleman-style proposal.
Caroline Byrne (29), a credit controller at Panaz, in Fence, could not believe her eyes when her boyfriend Adam Ashworth (26), a L/Cpl for The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), turned up to what she believed to be her work’s Christmas do wearing his full army uniform.
Carrying a ring and a single red rose, Adam proceeded to take on the role of Zack May, who was played by Richard Gere in the 1982 film, and proposed to the former Westholme student in front of all her work friends. Proud mums Barbara Ashworth, and Joy Lawson, were also a part of the re-enacted movie scene.
After finally managing to compose herself, Caroline answered in the affirmative and was carried through the Spring Mill warehouse, with everybody cheering and clapping around her. He then swept her away for a luxury champagne weekend in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria.
Caroline, who had been made to believe that Adam, a former Ivy Bank High School student, was away working in Reading, said: “I didn’t have a clue he was going to do it.
“We’d sort of talked about getting married, but I didn’t know when the proposal was going to come.
“It was just brilliant, and everyone was cheering.
“Everyone was relieved that it had all been pulled off.
“He whisked me off my feet — literally. I couldn’t stop giggling and shaking.”
And Joanne Henderson, one of Caroline’s colleagues, said: “It did take quite a bit of planning because all the time Caroline was under the impression she was attending Panaz’s Christmas party.
“She is back in work now wearing the bright sparkly ring and still smiling.”
The pair lived on the same Ightenhill estate as children, but it wasn’t until last year that they finally became a couple.
Adam’s cat went missing early in 2011, and having seen an article in the paper, Caroline contacted the soldier to offer her support.
In true fairytale fashion, the duo found love through the ordeal, and Adam’s cat Jasmine was returned home safe and well.
The happy couple intend on tying the knot at St Mary’s Church, in Gisburne, on June 29th next year.