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'I could see myself getting old with Mike'

By Stephanie Bell

Published 29/02/2004

UTV presenter, Lynda Bryans, whisked husband Mike Nesbitt off on a surprise trip to New York to make her Leap Year proposal.

UTV presenter, Lynda Bryans, whisked husband Mike Nesbitt off on a surprise trip to New York to make her Leap Year proposal.

Lynda popped the question to a delighted Mike in the romantic setting of the famous Russian Tearooms restaurant, on February 29, 1992.

The couple, who jointly present UTV Life and Northern Ireland's new design show, Home Sweet Home, married just a few months later and now have two sons, PJ, aged nine and Christopher, who is six.

Lynda decided to propose after realising Mike was the man she "wanted to grow old with".

She said: "We both had been married before and second time round you have a better idea of what you want and we both knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.

"I had been teasing Mike that it was a Leap Year and about what happens on a Leap Year.

"He teased me back that he was planning a boys' weekend away that weekend."

Lynda booked New York as a surprise, because Mike had never been there.

She choose the Russian Tea Rooms for the special moment because it was featured in one of their favourite movies, Tootsie, starring Dustin Hoffman.

Said Lynda: "After the meal I went to the ladies to prepare myself for the proposal.

"Mike had anticipated what was coming and ordered champagne while I was away.

"I told him I wanted him to be part of my future and thankfully, he said yes immediately."

Twelve years later and the couple are as happy as ever.

Said Lynda: "In these days of equality, there is no reason why a woman should not propose to a man.

"But no matter who asks who, the important thing is to be sure it is what you both want and hopefully you'll be together for the rest of your lives.

"I could see myself getting old with Mike, it's what I wanted and I knew I had no doubts."

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