Romantic Craig Burt pulled out all the stops when it came to proposing to his girlfriend.
The 25-year-old sent his other half, Amy Coleman, on a wild goose chase while he got himself ready to elaborately pop the question.
The couple, of Whiteleas, South Shields, work together at Trocaderos bar in the town’s Prince George Square and have been together for three-and-a-half years.
After deciding to ask for 22-year-old Amy’s hand in marriage, Craig recruited the help of his co-workers to plan a surprise proposal during a gig at the Amphitheatre, on South Shields seafront, on Monday night.
He said: “Our friends Bethan Amber Carr-Brown, Emily Palmer-Giles, and Jen Stevens were all playing at the Amphitheatre and I’d told Kimberley ‘Nemi’ Wilkinson, who runs Trocs, that I was going to propose to Amy and we went for a meal to discuss how I could do it.
“I told Nemi I was going to take Amy for a walk along the Quayside and do it then, and she just told me that men are hopeless, and I was lucky to have a girl’s point of view.
I’m just over the moon, I can’t stop smiling.Amy Coleman
“We made a secret group on Facebook with all our friends and started planning to do something at the gig at the Amphitheatre.
“We told Amy and all the other staff at Trocs that there was a team-building exercise on Monday night and sent them off on a scavenger hunt.
“The last clue took her from Laser Quest in Sunderland to the Amphitheatre and when she got there, I went over to her and stood with her listening to the music.”
While the musicians played, Craig got up on stage to take the microphone and make a romantic speech to Amy before getting down on bended knee.
He added: “I asked her and she said ‘yes’. She had absolutely no idea. I almost thought I’d ruined it the night before though. It was my birthday on Sunday and we went out for a drink and on Monday morning she asked me if I could remember proposing to her the night before. I thought I’d blown it but she was only joking.
“It was fantastic but even more special that our friends and family were there with us. Nemi even drove down to London to bring Amy’s best friend, Ellen Swan here for it.
“I’m so grateful to everyone that helped me pull this off.”
Amy, who also works at B&M in Jarrow, added: “I had absolutely no idea, I can’t believe everyone managed to keep it a secret, and I can’t stop laughing at how I made a joke about it that morning.
“The ring he gave me is the engagement ring that my granddad George Parnaby gave to my grandma Joan and having everyone there with us was just so special.
“I’m just over the moon, I can’t stop smiling.”