A CONWY man’s proposal to his Llandudno girlfriend was plain sailing thanks to some help from a lifeboat crew.
Harry Owen, a commercial diver from Pontwgan in the Conwy Valley, proposed to fiancee Bethan Evans on Cricieth pier with help from the lifeboat team at the town’s RNLI.
Before Harry popped the question, the crew unfurled a banner reading Bethan Evans - Will you Marry Me?.
Harry said he had picked the site due to Bethan’s family links with the area, and his own fondness for the sea.
He said: “I didn’t want to do anything traditional or boring - I thought I wanted to do something quirky. And the water means a lot to me - it’s my passion and it’s my job.”
“The best bit was when they opened the banner, I heard her shriek - she turned round and I was already kneeling down.”
He added: “That’s something that will stick out in my memory. It was brilliant.”
He organised the proposal with Bethan’s family, after her mother Chris mentioned the family had a link with the Cricieth RNLI.
24-year-old Bethan, from Llandudno, said her family had used the ploy of waiting to see a lifeboat bought with donations left by a late friend of the family to encourage her to wait on the pier.
“My Aunty Margaret had put some money to the lifeboat when she died, and that was one of the ploys they used. And I had no clue.”
“I thought he would propose, but I didn’t know how. I thought he’d just take the traditional route! But the best bit was seeing the boat, turning around and seeing him down on one knee.”