Music lover proposes to girlfriend with huge banner at Glastonbury

Mark Goddard and Jane Shannon following his proposal to her at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Mark Goddard and Jane Shannon following his proposal to her at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
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A couple have started their summer of love by getting engaged at Glastonbury.

Jane Shannon, 45, said yes to Mark Goddard, 43, after he took her to the top of a viewing tower while his friends unfurled a huge “marry me” banner a couple of hundred yards away.

Mark Goddard and Jane Shannon following his proposal to her at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Mark Goddard and Jane Shannon following his proposal to her at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Ms Shannon, who had to be persuaded to scale the Ribbon Tower in the festival’s Park area because she is afraid of heights, said she had no idea what was about to happen.

Moments after the proposal, she said: “I was just looking out over the hill and I saw the sign.

“When I turned around, Mark was down on one knee.”

A wave of cheers echoed around the festival after revellers realised what had happened.

When the couple, from Chester-le-Street, reached the bottom of the tower, Mr Goddard beamed, exclaiming: “She said ‘Yes!’”

He said he had been planning the proposal for around a year and bought the ring months ago, but his plan was scuppered six times yesterday when the Ribbon Tower was closed every time they tried to climb it.

The IT worker said he created the 11-metre banner - which read “Jane I love u. Will u marry me xx” - at a friend’s garage instead of going to work last week.