COUNTY NEWS: Boyfriend stages fake tour to propose on Sussex pier

A passionate photographer got the surprise of her life after her boyfriend staged a fake exhibition on a Sussex pier '“ and then proposed.

Thursday, 4th January 2018, 5:32 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 3:00 am
Hastings Pier proposal
Hastings Pier proposal

Oli Laurenson Gore popped the question to Kirsty Meredith on Hastings Pier on Friday, December 29. Inspired by Kirsty’s passion for architectural photography, Oli romantically set up a fake photography tour to take place on the pier at 3pm.

The final stop on the tour was a pier kiosk exhibiting Kirsty’s own photographs, where Oli dropped to one knee to pop the question.

Fake tour attendee, George Macdonald, said: “It was such a beautiful moment – Oli read out a beautiful poem and we all just burst into tears.”

Yaz Norris, who acted as a tour guide, added: “It was a real pleasure to share such a special moment with Oli and Kirsty – they’re a lovely couple and it really was the perfect way to end the year.”

Kirsty said: “I had absolutely no idea – I was in complete shock and I’m just over the moon!”

The newly-engaged couple had a meal and glass of champagne at The Pavillion Bar, before heading to the Zanzibar hotel to celebrate.