A bride-to-be was stunned after her fiance proposed with a giant artistic message – written in the SAND.
Romantic Lee Piddington, 28, organised for the message to be written on beach for girlfriend Kirsty Bailey, 29, on Christmas Eve.
He enlisted the help of the renowned artist known as the Sandman, whose real name is Geoffrey Ward, who skilfully carved ‘Will you be my wife?’ in a special surprise message.
On the day, a nervous Lee suggested a walk along the seafront in Torquay, Devon, so that Kirsty would see the message.
Once she saw the sand inscription, a shocked and delighted Kirsty didn’t hesitate in saying yes.
Kirsty, of Torquay, said: “We walked to the seafront and I asked where we were going.
“Lee said ‘close your eyes’ and started to lead me while I had my eyes closed.
“He then said we were on the beach and asked me to open my eyes and read the message.
“I had to read it twice. It was such a shock, a good shock though of course.”
Kirsty said her future husband had be-friended the Sandman, who has previously hit the headlines for works including a beach tribute to the Paris terrorism victims and for Remembrance Day.
She said: “Lee said he wanted a big and special surprise, and knew the Sandman from drinking in a local bar.
“So he asked if he could put something special on the beach on Christmas Eve.
“His friend suggested it and Lee thought that it was the perfect idea.”