A woman proposed to her boyfriend with a Haribo ring at a beauty spot – but he dropped it and she ate it.
Tina Smith, 46, started thinking about popping the question to partner David Whitehill, 49, in February.
The mum-of-two, who has never been married before, wanted to ask her boyfriend on February 29, the leap year – but he was at work.
So she put the idea on ice, and not knowing David’s ring size, decided the best thing to do would be to give him a gummy sweet.
As she told her idea to a pal in February, her friend’s daughter handed her a fun-size pack of Haribo.
When the lockdown happened any hope of romance was shelved and the biker couple focused on getting though it in Lincolnshire.
But when they were able to get away for a break in Scotland, Tina put the red gummy sweet in a smart box and kept it in her bumbag waiting for the perfect moment.
She finally proposed at the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye – but after saying ‘yes’ David knocked her hand and the ring fell into water and got sticky.
Loved up Tina ended up eating it as it had fallen into a Fairy Pool, and said although they are thrilled to be engaged they are in no rush to marry.
Tina said: “I thought about it earlier on in the year, as it was a leap year.
“I was going to do it on February 29 but David was at work.
“I was going to propose in the Lake District but then the lockdown happened.
“I just thought I would leave it a bit longer.”
The couple have been together two-and-a-half years and met on Facebook.
Tina had no idea whether David planned to propose and did not want to wait to find out.
She said: “He is the best partner, man, lover, I have ever had in my life.
“I just thought ‘I’m getting on with it’.
“I did think about getting him a real ring but I didn’t know what size as he doesn’t wear rings, and I couldn’t ask because he would find out.
“We were waiting a bit longer to go on holiday and then we decided to go away in August.”
When Tina’s youngest son, Ethan, aged ten, was with his dad, she and David went on holiday to Scotland – and she packed the ring in a little box.
Tina added: “We did the North Coast 500, and I was going to propose by a big waterfall in Scotland but it was going to be hard, to get to, you had to go through a field, there were stepping stones and it was muddy.
“I had the ring in my bumbag in a ring box but I thought ‘I”m not going to propose, I will probably fall flat on my face in mud’.
“I got really nervous about it.
“I had a feeling he’d say ‘yes’ as he kept telling me he loved me.
“We visited the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye and my mind was just saying ‘just do it here, just propose‘ – so I just did it.
“I was fiddling about with my bumbag and I said ‘you know you love me’ and he said ‘yes’.
“So I said ‘will you marry me”.”
But things took a comical turn when David knocked the ring out of her hand and it fell into a Fairy Pool.
Tina said: “He moved and knocked my hand and the ring went into the water.
“I picked up and he said ‘yes I will’, then it went on his finger but I put it on the wrong hand.
“He said ‘it’s gone a bit sticky’ so I ate it afterwards.”
The proposal happened on August 12 and the couple spent six days in Scotland.
Tina said: “I’m in no rush to get married, it might be just a long engagement.
“I just thought I’d do something different.
“I can’t really picture myself walking down the aisle in a white dress.”