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Romantic John scales Slemish mountain with his sign of love for fiancée

By Claire Williamson

It was a romantic gesture that took 20 trips up Slemish mountain, involved carrying 12 seven foot wooden poles more than three miles and an overnight stay in the freezing cold before John Moore (34) popped the all-important question.

Diane Alexander (32) from Glenarm got the surprise of her life when her boyfriend of eight years proposed to her in a very romantic and labour-intensive way.

While Diane admitted she always knew their engagement would be special, she had no idea what was in store for her.

In November John told Diane that he was starting to train in the evenings as he wanted to lose weight - but it was an elaborate cover-up so he could set to work on his perfect proposal.

So while his fiancée thought he was out jogging, he was actually carting the wooden poles up to the top of Slemish, outside Broughshane. On Christmas Eve he pitched a tent, and at sunrise stood them all up and put lights on to spell out 'I Love You'.

At 6.20am he phoned Diane and told her to find a red box he had left in the house - in it were binoculars, gloves, a camera and a three-page-poem about their relationship. It read: "In the box I have put the means to see, an example of one way I can show you what you mean to me. I have picked the highest spot I could find to show you how I feel, look out the bedroom window, and yes you aren't sleeping, this is real."

He told her to meet him at a stand-alone tree at the bottom of Slemish, where he got down on one knee, popped the question, and an overwhelmed Diane said yes.

And while he may have said he was losing weight as a cover-up - he did shed more than three stone in the process.

Diane said: "It was pretty magical. Because it's John I always knew it would be something special, he puts his all into everything he does.

"But I would never have dreamt it would have been like this."

Background

John Moore's romantic Christmas proposal has set the bar high for Northern Ireland engagements. He follows Portrush surfer Al Mennie, who whisked his other half, Sara O'Neill, off to a cave in Ballintoy at dawn to pop the question in August. The big wave surfer filled the cave with candles and flowers before he got down on one knee.

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