A ROUTINE call for a detective constable turned out to be a day she will remember for the rest of her life.
DC Sherre Hinds, who works for the MoD, was called out to Kiplin Hall near Scorton, Richmond, with her colleague DC Jack Briggs.
But when she got there, rather than making inquiries about a case, she found she was the one being asked a question.
Her partner Dave Wilson was waiting in the library and went down on one knee to propose, complete with an engagement ring which was a perfect fit.
Sherre said: “I didn’t know Dave was so romantic. I am surprised and delighted, and of course I said ‘yes’.”
Dave, a procurement consultant, had also secretly packed a case and the couple, who live in Harrogate, spent the night at the nearby Rockcliffe Hall.
He had been looking for a special way to propose to Sherre, six years to the day since the couple’s first date in Leeds, and asked DC Briggs for some advice.
DC Briggs said: “Kiplin is such a beautiful and romantic place, what better setting could there be?
“It was really easy to create a scenario where Sherre thought we were just making a call on routine police business. Dave certainly caught her by surprise!”
Kiplin Hall curator Dawn Webster, who presented the couple with a bottle of champagne, said: “The subterfuge was well worth while. I wish Dave and Sherre every happiness for the future.”