Nelson couple’s Glastonbury engagement makes waves

Ben Knight (left) and Laura Burke with Tim Booth, the lead singer of James, and Chris Evans at Glastonbury (s)
Ben Knight (left) and Laura Burke with Tim Booth, the lead singer of James, and Chris Evans at Glastonbury (s)

A couple from Nelson have got engaged while on a dream trip to Glastonbury - and did it while live on the radio.

Ben Knight (32) proposed to Laura Burke (34) during the Chris Evans show on BBC Radio 2 and met the lead singer of James, Tim Booth, who they had gone to see.

The engagement happened live on Chris Evans's BBC Radio 2 show, where Tim Booth, lead singer of James, was also present (s)

The engagement happened live on Chris Evans's BBC Radio 2 show, where Tim Booth, lead singer of James, was also present (s)

It was the couple’s first visit to the world famous festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset and Ben and Laura, of Ringstone Crescent, are now planning the big day for September.

Ben is the factory manager at Buoyant Upholstery in Nelson, where he met Laura, who works in personnel. The couple have three children, twin boys Frankie and Freddie (3) and daughter Amelia (1).

Laura said: “We absolutely love going to festivals and we had always wanted to go to Glastonbury. We were going to see James because they are our favourite band.

“I knew that Ben was going to propose at Glastonbury but it just happened when it did.

Laura Burke and Ben Knight get engaged at Glastonbury (s)

Laura Burke and Ben Knight get engaged at Glastonbury (s)

“Chris Evans was just wandering around broadcasting live. It actually happened while a song was playing and then he announced it when it had finished.

“We didn’t really need to tell anybody when we got home because everybody had heard about it on the radio!

“Going to Glastonbury was the most overwhelming experience and to get engaged there while on the radio, you couldn’t make it up.

“It was absolutely amazing and surreal. I’m still smiling about it now.”

The pair now have a 10 week turnaround to get ready for the big day.

Laura added: “We didn’t want a traditional wedding so we are holding a mini-festival for close family including camper vans and tents at Eden at Broughton Hall, and the evening reception with live music will be at Utopia which is also at Broughton Hall.

“Frankie and Freddie know that there is going to be party which is good enough for them. Tim Booth even said he would sing at the wedding, so watch this space!”