Dancing engagement proposal takes over intu Watford - but does she say yes?

Watford Observer: Dancing engagement proposal takes over intu Watford - but does she say yes? Dancing engagement proposal takes over intu Watford - but does she say yes?

The last thing Jessica Poutney expected to take home from a shopping trip with her boyfriend was a diamond engagement ring.

The Watford teenager thought she was meeting Damian Warren to celebrate their one-year anniversary in the intu Watford centre this afternoon.

Unbeknown to her, a crowd that was assembling on the ground floor, by the steps outside Next and Lipsy, was in preparation for her partner to pop the question.

At about 4.15pm, Mr Warren, 26, walked out of Pandora with his 19-year-old girlfriend to watch youngsters from the Breakout Dance Company perform a special routine.

The 28 children danced to a dubstep track played over a public address system at the bottom of the steps.

The performers unzipped their hoodies at the end of the routine and revealled the words "Jessica will you marry", with Mr Warren’s top reading "me?"

Watford Observer:

Jubilant crowds cheered for the happy couple as Miss Poutney accepted the proposal.

Speaking through tears and a big smile, she said it was "completely unexpected".

Watford Observer:

Miss Poutney said she had known Mr Warren for years and had got back in touch after he appeared on the Channel 4 television programme "The Undateables", a documentary about the exploits of the unlucky-in-love.

She added: "I started talking to him again after that and we went on a date and he then asked me out.

"We’ve been going out for a year and today we were meant to be celebrating our anniversary. I just can’t believe that my whole family knew about it and managed to keep it a secret.

"It’s absolutely amazing. I still can’t believe it."

Watford Observer:

Mr Warren’s mother, Julia, helped him organise the surprise.

She said: "It’s brilliant and I’m so proud of him. All these kids that performed the dance have been absolutely great and Damian’s been working so hard planning it all. I’m still shaking with excitement."

Vicki Shepherd, who choreographed the routine, said Mr Warren approached her about one month ago to arrange the flashmob.

The dance tutor said it was the first time she had arranged something like this but that she was really happy the routine was so well received by the crowds on this special and unique occasion.

Howard Oldstein, general manager of the centre, said: “I was amazed with the amount of people that turned up. A lot of work went into it and it’s great to be involved in it.

“As a nation I think we like to see people being happy and when something like this happens it’s something to be proud of.”

 

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7:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

WanderingDynamo says...

What a cracking story!
Best wishes and good luck to both Jessica and Damian for all your years together.
What a cracking story! Best wishes and good luck to both Jessica and Damian for all your years together. WanderingDynamo
  • Score: 18

11:45am Sat 12 Apr 14

LocalBoy1 says...

What a lovely story for a change, a nice alternative to these political rants that go on for days on the WO.
What a lovely story for a change, a nice alternative to these political rants that go on for days on the WO. LocalBoy1
  • Score: 12

10:31am Mon 14 Apr 14

CaptainPC says...

Is it? What a show off......
Is it? What a show off...... CaptainPC
  • Score: -4

10:50am Mon 14 Apr 14

LocalBoy1 says...

CaptainPC wrote:
Is it? What a show off......
There is always some disgruntled miserable creature that has to spoil what rare joyous news we do get on the WO. I have seen your performance in your political rants! I didn't think your negative indulgences extended to a marriage proposal. How sad you truly are!
[quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: Is it? What a show off......[/p][/quote]There is always some disgruntled miserable creature that has to spoil what rare joyous news we do get on the WO. I have seen your performance in your political rants! I didn't think your negative indulgences extended to a marriage proposal. How sad you truly are! LocalBoy1
  • Score: 7

4:36pm Mon 14 Apr 14

WatfordBandB says...

LocalBoy1 wrote:
CaptainPC wrote:
Is it? What a show off......
There is always some disgruntled miserable creature that has to spoil what rare joyous news we do get on the WO. I have seen your performance in your political rants! I didn't think your negative indulgences extended to a marriage proposal. How sad you truly are!
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[quote][p][bold]LocalBoy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: Is it? What a show off......[/p][/quote]There is always some disgruntled miserable creature that has to spoil what rare joyous news we do get on the WO. I have seen your performance in your political rants! I didn't think your negative indulgences extended to a marriage proposal. How sad you truly are![/p][/quote]YSAghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WatfordBandB
  • Score: 0

9:00am Tue 15 Apr 14

CaptainPC says...

LocalBoy1 wrote:
CaptainPC wrote:
Is it? What a show off......
There is always some disgruntled miserable creature that has to spoil what rare joyous news we do get on the WO. I have seen your performance in your political rants! I didn't think your negative indulgences extended to a marriage proposal. How sad you truly are!
What because I despise ostentation? Are you married? Did you feel the need to make this amount of fuss when you proposed? If yes and no, does this mean you love your wife any less?

If you are a woman or a homosexual then I'm sure you have still been in love. Have you felt the need to do something so showy?
[quote][p][bold]LocalBoy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: Is it? What a show off......[/p][/quote]There is always some disgruntled miserable creature that has to spoil what rare joyous news we do get on the WO. I have seen your performance in your political rants! I didn't think your negative indulgences extended to a marriage proposal. How sad you truly are![/p][/quote]What because I despise ostentation? Are you married? Did you feel the need to make this amount of fuss when you proposed? If yes and no, does this mean you love your wife any less? If you are a woman or a homosexual then I'm sure you have still been in love. Have you felt the need to do something so showy? CaptainPC
  • Score: -3

1:35pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Julia1970 says...

This proposal was not about showing off my son Damian is registered blind and his fiancé has struggled with disability all her life , last October Jess lost the use of her legs, this has had a devastating affect on her life and has been very hard for her to deal with , my son wanted to make the day a day to remember he did not have a lot of money to take her out so with the help of dance a local dance school he organised a lovely romantic surprise ,he wanted Jess to know how important she is to him and show how far he will go to make her happy ,it was a chance to make a young woman who lives everyday in chronic pain feel special to know that someone loves her enough to go that extra bit further to make her smile
I think it's very sad that some people feel the need to comment negatively
I am very proud of my son he was extremely nervous as you can see by his face in the picture
it took a lot for him to do this
I love him and Jessica very much

ALL that matters is that Jessica loved it
This proposal was not about showing off my son Damian is registered blind and his fiancé has struggled with disability all her life , last October Jess lost the use of her legs, this has had a devastating affect on her life and has been very hard for her to deal with , my son wanted to make the day a day to remember he did not have a lot of money to take her out so with the help of dance a local dance school he organised a lovely romantic surprise ,he wanted Jess to know how important she is to him and show how far he will go to make her happy ,it was a chance to make a young woman who lives everyday in chronic pain feel special to know that someone loves her enough to go that extra bit further to make her smile I think it's very sad that some people feel the need to comment negatively I am very proud of my son he was extremely nervous as you can see by his face in the picture it took a lot for him to do this I love him and Jessica very much ALL that matters is that Jessica loved it Julia1970
  • Score: 7

1:58pm Wed 16 Apr 14

LocalBoy1 says...

CaptainPC wrote:
LocalBoy1 wrote:
CaptainPC wrote:
Is it? What a show off......
There is always some disgruntled miserable creature that has to spoil what rare joyous news we do get on the WO. I have seen your performance in your political rants! I didn't think your negative indulgences extended to a marriage proposal. How sad you truly are!
What because I despise ostentation? Are you married? Did you feel the need to make this amount of fuss when you proposed? If yes and no, does this mean you love your wife any less?

If you are a woman or a homosexual then I'm sure you have still been in love. Have you felt the need to do something so showy?
I don't know where you are going with this? you seem to be quite crackers, but I will try to stay on topic. YES I felt like and have done showy things to show my love, I can't remember which wife it was..)::):) I see nothing wrong in it at all. Captain Misery!
[quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LocalBoy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: Is it? What a show off......[/p][/quote]There is always some disgruntled miserable creature that has to spoil what rare joyous news we do get on the WO. I have seen your performance in your political rants! I didn't think your negative indulgences extended to a marriage proposal. How sad you truly are![/p][/quote]What because I despise ostentation? Are you married? Did you feel the need to make this amount of fuss when you proposed? If yes and no, does this mean you love your wife any less? If you are a woman or a homosexual then I'm sure you have still been in love. Have you felt the need to do something so showy?[/p][/quote]I don't know where you are going with this? you seem to be quite crackers, but I will try to stay on topic. YES I felt like and have done showy things to show my love, I can't remember which wife it was..)::):) I see nothing wrong in it at all. Captain Misery! LocalBoy1
  • Score: 1

2:07pm Wed 16 Apr 14

LocalBoy1 says...

Julia1970 wrote:
This proposal was not about showing off my son Damian is registered blind and his fiancé has struggled with disability all her life , last October Jess lost the use of her legs, this has had a devastating affect on her life and has been very hard for her to deal with , my son wanted to make the day a day to remember he did not have a lot of money to take her out so with the help of dance a local dance school he organised a lovely romantic surprise ,he wanted Jess to know how important she is to him and show how far he will go to make her happy ,it was a chance to make a young woman who lives everyday in chronic pain feel special to know that someone loves her enough to go that extra bit further to make her smile
I think it's very sad that some people feel the need to comment negatively
I am very proud of my son he was extremely nervous as you can see by his face in the picture
it took a lot for him to do this
I love him and Jessica very much

ALL that matters is that Jessica loved it
Don't take any notice of the negative comments on here. It was a wonderful gesture. There's not enough happiness in the world today. This one of one of worst tabloids that I post on. The WO have the same crowd week in week out posting critical negative misery!. I hope Jessica and Damian will be happy together.
[quote][p][bold]Julia1970[/bold] wrote: This proposal was not about showing off my son Damian is registered blind and his fiancé has struggled with disability all her life , last October Jess lost the use of her legs, this has had a devastating affect on her life and has been very hard for her to deal with , my son wanted to make the day a day to remember he did not have a lot of money to take her out so with the help of dance a local dance school he organised a lovely romantic surprise ,he wanted Jess to know how important she is to him and show how far he will go to make her happy ,it was a chance to make a young woman who lives everyday in chronic pain feel special to know that someone loves her enough to go that extra bit further to make her smile I think it's very sad that some people feel the need to comment negatively I am very proud of my son he was extremely nervous as you can see by his face in the picture it took a lot for him to do this I love him and Jessica very much ALL that matters is that Jessica loved it[/p][/quote]Don't take any notice of the negative comments on here. It was a wonderful gesture. There's not enough happiness in the world today. This one of one of worst tabloids that I post on. The WO have the same crowd week in week out posting critical negative misery!. I hope Jessica and Damian will be happy together. LocalBoy1
  • Score: 4

3:30pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Julia1970 says...

Thankyou LocalBoy1
Thankyou LocalBoy1 Julia1970
  • Score: 1

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