Proposal fit for a princess

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A sports co-ordinator at a Pendle college found a romantic gesture fit for a princess at the weekend when his marriage proposal to his girlfriend was beamed onto the historic walls of Muncaster Castle in the Lake District.

Mat Burrow, who is also a cover supervisor at Pendle Vale College, Nelson, came up with the idea after searching for the most romantic and memorable way to pop the question to his girlfriend, Scarlett Jepson.

He then approached Peter Frost-Pennington, from Muncaster Castle, who was happy to help out with the plan.

Mat and Scarlett love the Lake District, so Mat arranged a special trip to Muncaster for his proposal. When the couple went for a romantic evening stroll around the gardens, a stunned Scarlett watched as the walls of the castle lit up with hearts and roses, and a slide show of the couple’s lives, followed by “Scarlett will you marry me? Love Mat.”

Scarlett said: “It was the best surprise ever.

“I was totally overwhelmed with the whole light show. I was speechless.

“Then when Mat’s question beamed all over the castle walls, I turned to find him on one knee with the ring.

“I immediately shouted ‘yes of course’. I loved it, it was the perfect proposal.”

Mat (27), from Accrington and Scarlett (22), who is a sales advisor for a coach company, are expecting a baby daughter, and they are now saving up for their wedding.

Mat said: “Muncaster was the ideal place for the proposal, mixing the picturesque backdrop of the castle with a fantastic surprise light show.

“The castle and the surroundings were incredible and the romantic setting created by Peter made it perfect.”

After the proposal, the couple went for a luxury celebratory dinner at the nearby Pennington hotel.

Peter Frost-Pennington from Muncaster Castle said: “Muncaster is a very romantic place and I was delighted to play cupid for this young couple.

“Mat and I schemed together and I think we produced a wonderfully original proposal to sweep any young lady off her feet. We are delighted she said yes after all our hard work.”