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'We love happy-ever-after endings' - marriage proposal accepted live on stage

PUBLISHED: 13:36 24 September 2019 | UPDATED: 14:20 24 September 2019

Marriage proposal on stage in Sheringham. Richard pops the question to Julie on the singalong stage.  Pictures: Jeanette Bolton Martin

Marriage proposal on stage in Sheringham. Richard pops the question to Julie on the singalong stage. Pictures: Jeanette Bolton Martin

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A couple are hoping for a happy-ever-after ending after a marriage proposal was accepted live on stage.

Marriage proposal on stage in Sheringham. Richard and Julie relaxing after the proposal. Pictures: Jeanette Bolton MartinMarriage proposal on stage in Sheringham. Richard and Julie relaxing after the proposal. Pictures: Jeanette Bolton Martin

A surprise encore during a 1940s singalong at Sheringham Little Theatre saw Richard Olive get down on one knee to pop the question to girlfriend Julie Andrews.

It happened after the audience had left following an event held during the 1940s weekend earlier this month.

She said 'yes', and after hugs and tears, the couple walked out into the bar to be greeted by a dozen friends, singing Cliff Richard's Congratulations, before toasting the magical moment with glasses of bubbly.

Mr Olive, 55, a transport supervisor, and Miss Andrews, 52, a sales assistant at Morrisons in Beccles, live in Loddon but are big fans of the '40s weekend.

Marriage proposal on stage in Sheringham. Richard and Julie celebrate with friends.  Pictures: Jeanette BoltonMarriage proposal on stage in Sheringham. Richard and Julie celebrate with friends. Pictures: Jeanette Bolton

Mr Olive said: "I had been thinking about proposing for a few months, but when my friend Gareth Davies, who is a member of the Sheringham Shantymen, got us tickets for the singalong it seemed like an ideal opportunity.

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"It was a secret. Julie didn't know a thing. When the show ended the cast asked us two to stay in the theatre while everyone left. Julie was asking what was going on, but I pleaded ignorance.

"I walked her down towards the front, with her favourite tune - Andy Williams' Moon River - playing over the speakers. She wanted to turn out of the exit, but I took her on to the stage, and got down on my knee.

"The only other people watching were the singalong cast, who were up in the technical box.

"After she said 'yes' we composed ourselves to join our friends in the bar. It was brilliant and the theatre was faultless in making it all happen for us."

The couple, who have five adult children and two grandchildren between them, met through online dating, and had their first date on Southwold pier three years ago. They plan to marry next May.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: "We were delighted to help Richard and Julie stage their special moment at the theatre. We love happy-ever-after endings."

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