Steve pops the question but not the balloons

Report by John Nurden from Sheerness Times & Guardian (

Published in The Sheerness Times & Guardian – Wednesday, February 15, 2017

He dropped a few hints, asking what my ring size was but it just went over my head

Surprise! Surprise! Debbie Simpson shocked her boyfriend Stephen Harrison by winning these balloons in our Valentine’s Day contest.

But he stunned her with a surprise of his own when he presented her with a ring and asked her to marry him. Debbie, 49, who worked at the Thomas Cook travel firm in Sheerness High Street, said “It came as a total surprise.” Steve suggested we go shopping but he knows I hate shopping. “I just thought he was having a funny five minutes so I humoured him.” But Stephen, 52, who works for Marley Plumbing and Draining in Lenham, was dead serious and took Debbie on a hunt round the shops of Maidstone on Saturday for a ring.

She said “I had no idea. Apparently he dropped a few hints asking what my ring size was but it just went over my head. When we found ring he dropped to his knees and proposed. I’m really chuffed.” She added “We have been celebrating ever since. We had a meal at our favourite restaurant Fish on the Green at Bearsted and then we went and saw a Robbie Williams tribute show at Queenborough Club.

“Winning the balloons was the icing on the cake. After Steve surprised me, I though I’d get my own back and surprise him too.”

She took him to the Balloonatic store in Sheerness on Monday on the pretext of looking at fires. The couple, who live in William Rigby Drive, Halfway, have been going out for a few years after meeting at a party through a martial friend after Debbie had returned to Sheppey from living in Cyprus.

In our competition on January 25, She correctly answered that St. Valentine came from Italy to win the balloons. They were handing over but shop manager Sam Gillham.

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