SHE wanted to tell the world how much she loves her man so Karen Simmonds decided to pop the question to her beloved partner of three years in the doughnut aisle of Asda in Rugby.
Karen, 47, had been plotting the special leap year proposal to partner Chris Harris for the last few weeks with the help of friends and family.
So when February 29 came round for the first time in four years, Karen took the bold move of popping the question in the middle of Asda yesterday (Wednesday) morning just after 9am.
His friend took him to the store where Asda staff made a customer announcement asking Chris to go to the doughnut aisle where Karen was waiting for him.
As she asked Chris to marry her, she tearfully produced a miniature doughnut ring to place on his finger.
Karen said: “He’s so lovely and the nicest, kindest person you’ll meet. He’s changed my life. I wanted to tell the world how much I love him so I thought I’d start with Rugby.”
Karen chose the cakes and bakery aisle 18 in Asda in Chapel Street due to Chris’s love of doughnuts.
Karen said: “When I first met him he was mad on doughnuts. He still does like a doughnut now and he even won a doughnut eating competition at work. He’s got a trophy!”
Following the romantic gesture, Chris, who works as an Asda driver at the depot in Lutterworth, said he was happy but in shock.
He said: “I knew nothing about it at all. I’m very happy but just very shocked.”
The proposal was watched by the couple’s friends, family and colleagues.
Chris and Karen, who have five children between them and live in Manor Road, Rugby are planning on getting married later this year.
The happy couple were given a doughnut and a bottle of Champagne from the store to celebrate.
Asda store manager Matt Dodd said: “It’s fantastic. We’ve been working with Karen to help her set it up. This is the first time I’ve seen anything like this.”