A LOVED-UP farmer came up with a novel way of proposing to his girlfriend of three years.
Richard Lewis, of Trefonen, spent nearly two hours on a windy field arranging 100 bales of hay so they spelled out ‘Will u marry me?’ before taking his young love, Sophie Gorman, on a Christmas Day walk nearby.
As the pair climbed a hill on Richard’s family farm, he handed 21-year-old Sophie a pair of binoculars so she could make out the big question on the land below.
“She had no idea,” he revealed.
“She was completely oblivious, so it was a complete surprise.
“I’d been thinking about proposing since the middle of the year but I really wanted to do something original, something that would stick in our memories,” he added.
Richard, 25, had also been researching the perfect engagement ring, so he went into the proposal feeling quietly confident.
“I was more nervous about the wind blowing the straw away because it was so windy,” he said.
He was right not to doubt Sophie’s feelings because, with tears in her eyes, she was overjoyed to say ‘yes’.
“It still hasn’t sunk in yet really,” she said.
“I was quite impressed.
“Richard is quite romantic when he wants to be, but I didn’t think he’d propose for another year or two,” Sophie added.
The couple were both members of the Young Farmers Club when they met on a trip to Blackpool three years ago and the rest, as they say, is history.