Torchbearer asks girlfriend to marry him during relay

Jun 19, 2012, 09:05 IST | Agencies

The Olympic torch relay saw its first marriage proposal yesterday when a runner got down on one knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him.

David State, who was picked to carry the flame for his voluntary work with the Scout movement, made the romantic gesture as he carried the torch through Loftus, North Yorkshire yesterday.

Carrying a torch for you: David State stops midway through his torch relay leg between Marske-by-the-Sea and Loftus in North Yorkshire to propose to his girlfriend Christine Langham. Pic/Getty Images

The 25-year-old stopped to propose to his eight months’ pregnant girlfriend Christine Langham (27), and to the delight of the crowd she said yes.

State, from Redcar, who has raised more than £10,000 (Rs 8.75 lakh) for charity over the past decade, has also volunteered with the British Red Cross for four years.

Redcar and Cleveland Council Leader George Dunning said, “It was an incredible moment and we were thrilled to have the Olympic flame come through Redcar at such an important time in the town’s history and for the relay to end with a marriage proposal just capped off a brilliant day.”

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