Whitby’s Linzie gets 50 proposals - all at the same time!

When Sarah Fenwick was pipped at the post to propose to long-term girlfriend, Linzie Ross, she knew that her next step would have to be something special.

Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 3:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 3:43 pm
Linzie and Sarah (centre) surrounded by the friends and family who helped to propose

Sarah said: “I had hoped we could do it at the same time on holiday in Portugal next month, but when we went for a walk at sunset last week it was such a perfect moment that Linzie proposed.”

“It was difficult to know how to react. I had to say to her I had the same plan and I have a ring at home for you too.

“But you can’t have it until I pop the question!

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The proposal came as a huge surprise

“I wasn’t going to miss out on my chance to propose. I knew I couldn’t surprise her now the cat was out of the bag, so I had to come up with another plan.”

Sarah decided to ask friends and family to pop the question on her behalf.

Enlisting the help of Linzie’s brother Danny, the two looked through their contacts and sent them a message asking them for help with the proposal:

“I need the help of all Linzie’s friends and family to make it a surprise. Here's the instructions.

Linzie was surprised to see so many proposals

1 Make a sign on a4 paper that says "Will you marry me Linzie?"

2 Take a photo of yourself holding the sign

3 Wait until EXACTLY 8pm Friday

4 Put the photo in a Facebook post along with the words "Sarah says..."

Work colleagues, friends and family were all in on the surprise

5 Tag Linzie in the post

6 Post it at EXACTLY 8pm Friday

7 Keep this a secret. Linzie cannot find out until 8pm Friday

At 8pm Friday Linzie received around 50 simultaneous proposals.

Sarah said: “Every single one pinged her phone, they came through Facebook and by private message as well, by the end of the night Linzie had over 500 notifications, 1000 in total over the weekend.”

Linzie said: “I had absolutely no idea. It was the first time that day I didn’t have my phone in my hand.

“Sarah said: ‘I think you should check your phone’ and I had two direct messages and 52 Facebook notifications.

“Sarah gave me a haribo ring,” which Linzie ate! “And then she got on one knee with the real ring.”

“The whole time I was getting notification after notification, my phone was going mental, I was so caught up by it, I didn’t even look in the ring box!”

“I was really taken aback, it was a good surprise though, definitely a good surprise!”

And her answer? Yes, of course!

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