Malpas couple go full steam ahead for wedding after proposal in front of thousands


Staff reporter (Chester Standard)

A couple who grew up in Malpas with a love of engines are going full steam ahead for their wedding after a proposal in front of thousands of people.

Joe Shadbolt, 28, and fiancee Ceri Davies, 29, got engaged at the Shrewsbury Steam Rally where the pair were showing off an engine.

For Joe, it was a bit of a risk with such a proposal – on one knee in the middle of the parade ring – after Ceri had previously warned him off asking the question in public. But all went to plan.

“It was in the middle of the Grand Parade, after the commentator David Bradbury had come over to talk,” he said. “I’d tipped him off the day before as we’re friends, and he came across to speak to us both about the show.

“But then I got down on one knee. Ceri was very surprised as she’s always told me not to do it in a public space, like a restaurant So, I thought what better place to do it than in this public space in front of 10,000 people?

“She was smiling, and was over the moon – she took the ring out of the box.

“Ceri did say yes straight away, but she doesn’t remember saying it!”

It was back to business straight away for the pair, who have been together for around five years, though Joe admitted their families were delighted.

He added:  “David spoke to us for a bit, but then we got back on the engine.

“It was straight back to normal, apart from the wedding plans.

“We’re looking at 2018. My dad was there and was happy, and my nan Nancy too. Ceri rang her mum straight away, though I think her mum had an inkling I was going to do it.”

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