Exmouth woman reveals shock of how her partner proposes

DUE to spend her last Valentines Day as an unmarried person, a loved-up Exmouth woman has been speaking about the shock of how her fianc� proposed.

Debra Sinclair, of Birch Road, was stunned when her partner, Simon Standbury, got down on one knee after the Christmas Day swim.

The 31-year-olc mechanic, after taking part in the swim, walked back onto the beach to meet Debra, bent down and revealed a message, with the words ‘will you marry me?’ written on his chest with a marker pen.

Simon also presented her with a glittering engagement ring.

The couple are due to marry in August next year – to coincide with their tenth anniversary.

“I did not have a clue about what he was about to do. I was so shocked,” said Debra.

She joked: “He is not really a romantic kind of guy. Everybody thinks he is after what happened at the Christmas Day swim but that was probably the most romantic thing he’s ever done.

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“He had been talking about proposing to me since last November – so it was about time!”

Debra said the proposal drew a lot of attention from other people who were at the event.

“There were a lot of people who gathered and were taking pictures.”

The pair plan to marry at Withycombe Church.