A Band's Call-Out Leads to Flash Mob Proposal in Norwich
30 Jun 2015
A Norwich couple who got engaged with the help of a flash mob choir have become an internet sensation, with the YouTube video being viewed more than 80,000 since she said yes.
Photography by Steve Adams
The video of Josh Ingle asking his girlfriend Abbie Carrington to marry him has been viewed more than 80,000 times on YouTube, and the happy couple said the amount of attention was still sinking in.
Josh, 22, had spotted a Facebook plea by Invidia Voices choir, looking for people who wanted to propose with a flash mob. Josh took up their offer and went to secret rehearsals so he could surprise his 27-year-old girlfriend.
All went to plan on Saturday 13 June, when the choir - conducted by Mr Ingle - serenaded Miss Carrington with a rendition of Everlasting Love in Haymarket, near to Primark, before Mr Ingle dropped to one knee and Abbie accepted his hand in marriage.
“Josh just doesn’t do things normally,” said Abbie, who works as a support worker. “I had no idea.“The only time I thought something was up was when they started surrounding me.He always told me he was anti-marriage. I thought it was a prank. I was overwhelmed.”
Abbie sipped non-alcoholic champagne afterwards, as the couple are expecting their first-born in eight weeks.
“I like to do it completely differently,” said Josh. “It’s not like an every day thing. She might have been happier with a Happy Meal and a ring." He added that it was difficult to keep his plans secret. “She’s just always an investigator,” he said. “I said I was going to see my friends when it was rehearsals. I was gone quite a while as well, and she was waiting for me to cook lasagne.”
He said that the attention their engagement had attracted was “still sinking in”. “Everyone is saying congratulations - people at Argos,” he smiled. The pair, who have been together since August 2014, after meeting on a night out, have not fixed their wedding date yet.
“We said in a couple of years time, when our little one is old enough to walk and talk,” said Miss Carrington. “It gives us plenty of time to plan things and make it perfect.” They both extended a “massive thank you” to the choir.
Catherine Stafford, manager of Invidia Voices, said: “So much could have gone wrong because of the amount of people there, and Abbie could have run away, but we thought of everything. It was just magical.”
Words by: Sam Russell