The giant billboard which Paul Bakewell used to propose to his girlfriend Tara Barber. See News Team story NTIPROPOSAL; This is the adorable moment a romantic boyfriend proposed to his partner by hiring a giant BILLBOARD at the side of a road she passes on her way to work. Smitten Paul Bakewell, 35, secretly designed a poster which he had emblazoned on the 20ft-tall advertising hoarding and covered over. The dad-of-one then arranged for his partner Tara Barber, 32, to be driven past the billboard by her boss who pretended they were going to a business meeting on Friday morning (17/4). But the pretty hairdresser was left speechless when the car stopped at the 30ft-wide poster on the side of the A34 in Walsall, West Mids.