Monumental day for happy couple

Stephen O'Brien and Jill Dury at the top of Penshaw Monument
Stephen O'Brien and Jill Dury at the top of Penshaw Monument
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ROMANCE was 66ft in the air when Stephen O’Brien took his girlfriend to the venue of their first date to propose.

Stephen went out of his way to make sure he carried out the perfect proposal to girlfriend Jill Dury.

He asked National Trust staff at Penshaw Monument to help make the moment extra special on their anniversary.

Stephen, of Whitburn, met Jill, of Castletown, at Sunderland University while they were both studying nursing.

After their first date at the monument last July, Stephen took Jill back exactly a year later and popped the question, having arranged with National Trust staff to have some time alone with Jill at the top of the monument.

Stephen said: “It was cleared for us and my brother was there with the ring and some champagne. It was great, she was really surprised.

“I would like to compliment all the staff at the monument. I really could not have asked for anything better.

“We are getting married on May 18 at Gretna Green.”

Staff at the monument have wished the happy couple good luck and invited them back to celebrate their first wedding anniversary in 2014.

l A newlywed surprised her husband with a specially-made plaque to mark the spot where they met during a blind date in January 2011.

Karen Crosby, 50, unveiled the plaque to her husband Steve, 47, on level three of Prince Bishops Shopping Centre car park in Durham.

They married at Wynyard Hall in June and Prince Bishops Shopping Centre gave the plaque to them as a present.