Girlfriend's 'yes' to on-air proposal

This Is Wiltshire: Neil Mitchell and Beth Ashman Neil Mitchell and Beth Ashman

A Trowbridge man gave his girlfriend a Valentine’s surprise when he proposed to her on the radio.

Neil Mitchell, 34, took his partner Beth Ashman, 21, to Heart’s Swindon studios where she was expecting to be taking part in the station’s Big Town Showdown competition.

Instead, Mr Mitchell, a logistics manager at Eurocell, in Trowbridge, interrupted the broadcast and popped the question to Miss Ashman – who said yes.

Miss Ashman said: “It was a complete shock. When he proposed I really wanted to say something romantic back, but I couldn’t think so I just came out with ‘yes’.

“The night before, I’d had a dream that during the questions the presenter was going to stop me and say you’re not here for the quiz, we want to give you £1million. I really want to get married, so the proposal was just as good.”

Mr Mitchell planned the romantic gesture after the couple endured a difficult 2012 with Miss Ashman having a hard pregnancy.

He said: “There was a 75 per cent chance we might lose our baby Owen last year and Beth had been through so much I thought she deserved something special.”

The couple, who live in Croft Court with nine-month-old Owen, plan to get married next year.

Mr Mitchell’s proposal was recorded on Tuesday and it aired on Heart on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the daughter of the head chef at Leigh Park Hotel had a Valentine’s Day wedding at the venue.

Steve Brees was beaming with pride when his daughter, primary school teacher Olivia, 28, originally from Bath, married Nick Middleditch, 34, a registration executive at Land Registry, in front of 50 family and friends yesterday.

The venue holds a special place in Mr Brees’ heart as he married his wife Jody 13 years ago at the hotel, in Leigh Road West.

Mr Brees, who lives in Frome, said: “It was my idea, it’s a lovely venue and Livs came, had a look and really liked it.”

The Middleditchs’ had a country themed wedding with the groom growing a curly moustache and wearing a tweed jacket.

Mr Middleditch said: “It’s obviously a romantic day to have it on and it means we can never really forget our anniversary either.”

The couple, who have been together four years and live near Stroud, in Gloucester-shire, spent the early part of this week baking their wedding cake.

Mr Middleditch, said: “It makes it more personal getting it exactly how we want it and it also saved us money.

“Liv’s mum did the flowers for us and we are just really thankful for all the support we’ve had.”

The newlyweds held their reception at the hotel with 150 guests attending.

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