A DAY tripper to Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium got more than he bargained for today (Friday) when his romantic girlfriend asked him to marry her.
Kimberley Watson, 20, enlisted the help of a diver at the aquarium to help her pop the question to her boyfriend Gareth Downey in the giant tropic ocean tank.
And luckily – he said yes!
Kimberely said: “I wanted to get married and if I waited for him I’d be waiting forever.
“I wanted to do it somewhere different and I know there’s been proposals in the aquarium before but never in the tunnel.”
Blue Reef’s Anna Pellegrino said: “The whole thing was really quite nerve racking, to be honest I think I was more nervous than Kimberley.
“It was difficult keeping it a secret, but we managed to get Gareth into the tunnel without suspecting a thing, and it was such a romantic gesture.”
Despite being an unusual venue to go down on one knee, the Howdon couple are now the sixth pair to have been part of a proposal at the aquarium.