Surprise proposal at sea for Chichester and Bognor pair

Richard Peach and his sweetheart Joanna. Photo by HJG.

Richard Peach and his sweetheart Joanna. Photo by HJG.

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A man from Chichester disguised himself as a waiter and snuck onboard a cruise liner to propose to his childhood sweetheart from Bognor Regis.

Joanna, from Pagham, was on a six-night cruise to Guernsey, France and Spain on Ventura with her parents and son.

Richard secretly boarded the ship during its last port in Bilbao and donned a waiter’s outfit to surprise her at a black tie gala evening dinner on board.

She said yes.

The happy couple had a bottle of Champagne to celebrate and are now planning their wedding and honeymoon with P&O Cruises, who allowed Richard to carry off the stunt.

The pair met in the summer of 1987 and were each other’s first loves.

After nearly three decades apart, they reconnected two years ago and have been together ever since.

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