Proposal the perfect end to choir’s concert

CELEBRATIONS: Lucy Lester, left, with choir members in Lavenham.
CELEBRATIONS: Lucy Lester, left, with choir members in Lavenham.

When Lucy Lester joined members of Upbeat Contemporary Choir for a charity event, she had no idea what lay in store.

By the end of the evening, the choir had raised £1,500 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association – and 20-year-old Lucy from Bildeston was engaged.

As the choir, led by Andrea King, began singing Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Lucy’s boyfriend, Rhys Humphreys, approached the front of Lavenham Village Hall and got down on one knee.

“One of the first thoughts that went through my head was ‘I hope he has asked my parents’, because they were in the audience,” said Lucy, who lives in Wattisham Road.

“I was totally gobsmacked and speechless, but I was really pleased and, of course, I said yes.”

The couple, who both attend University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich, have been together for three-and-a-half years.

Lucy is in her second year studying nursing and Rhys, who lives in Colchester, is doing a policing degree.

Although the majority of the 200-strong audience knew nothing about the proposal, choir leader Mrs King and member Laure Bonner had been let in on the secret.

“When Rhys came forward, everyone seemed to hold their breath,” said Mrs Bonner.

“Luckily, Lucy accepted and there was not a dry eye in the place.”

Describing the moment Rhys asked her to marry him, Lucy said it had seemed as though the world was moving in slow motion.

“As he went down on one knee, there was a lot of cheers and he had to shout the question,” she said.

“Then there was a lot of sobbing.”

Lucy added that the couple were aiming to tie the knot in 2016 after finishing university.

Last week, Lucy joined members of the choir at the Swan Hotel in Lavenham to hand over funds raised from a night she will never forget.