December 6 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Saturday, September 7, 2013
A fireman proposed to his girlfriend in spectacular fashion at an Upminster aerodrome last month.
Wayne Crossman, 33, popped the question to Alex Stewart, 31, after he had completed a wing walk at the Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Aveley Road, on August 31.
He got down on one knee as a second plane flew past, carrying a banner asking Alex to marry him.
Wayne, who was joined by 30 friends and family members on the day, said: “I wasn’t at all nervous about the wing walk, but I was petrified abou the marriage proposal.
“Her first words were, “Are you serious?” so I asked her again, and the second time she said yes!
“The look on her face was one of absolute shock, she just wasn’t expecting it at all.
“I really wanted to make her feel special and show everyone how I felt about her by proposing publicly.”
Adrenaline junkie Wayne began planning the special day in November after dance teacher Alex bought him a wing walking experience for his birthday, but his plans were halted when he was in a super bike accident.
He broke his collar bone, dislocated his sternum and broke two ribs, causing him to be signed off work.
Wayne bought the ring in February and entrusted it to his best friend Neil, biding his time until his injuries healed.
He said: “It’s been such a long wait, but definitely worth it for the look on Alex’s face.”
The couple have been together for three years after meeting at a tattoo convention in Brighton.
They live in Dagenham with their 17-month-old son Georgie and Alex’s daughter Bobbi, six.
Wayne added: “I’d like to say a big thank you to the pilots who made my marriage proposal possible. It was no mean feat getting the timing right.”
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