Groom-to-be pops the big question at Trinity Leeds

Christmas has come early for one loved-up couple as a romantic groom-to-be popped the big question at Trinity Leeds.

Peter Knowles proposed to girlfriend Jessica Jarrett as a busker played their favourite song in front of a giant heart at the shopping centre.

Peter Knowles proposed to girlfriend Jessica Jarrett as a busker played their favourite song in front of a giant heart

Peter Knowles proposed to girlfriend Jessica Jarrett as a busker played their favourite song in front of a giant heart

Before getting down on one knee, Peter, 38, took girlfriend Jess, 29, out for a romantic meal at The Botanist before walking through Trinity Leeds and stopping at the new festive love heart.

A busker then appeared to serenade them with their favourite song - Better Half of Me by Tom Walker.

Peter, a service engineer from Bradford, said: “We’re absolutely smitten with each other. When I knew I wanted to propose, I wanted to go the extra mile. She’s absolutely beautiful and worth the effort.

“I’d been to Trinity Leeds the week before with the kids and took a photo of them standing in front of the love heart, and thought it’d be a lovely place to propose.

The couple, who met via a dating app last year, continued the celebrations at The Alchemist and Angelica

The couple, who met via a dating app last year, continued the celebrations at The Alchemist and Angelica

“We had to time everything just right. When the busker appeared, Jess didn’t know what was going on so I explained that the busker was actually there for her. I told her I loved her and wanted to spend the rest of my life with her, and she said yes!”

The couple, who met via a dating app last year, continued the celebrations at The Alchemist and Angelica.

Jessica, a clinical technician from Birstall, said: “I was really surprised, it came as a total shock. He’s always said he couldn’t believe nobody has asked me to marry them before but I wasn’t expecting a proposal so soon!

“The evening couldn’t have gone any smoother, we are so smitten and I couldn’t think of anyone else I would want to share my life with.”

The festive love heart is one of a series of Christmas selfie spots at Trinity Leeds, alongside a new 60ft Christmas tree with 5,000 twinkling lights and glowing candy canes, a ‘Pucker Up Perch’ swing, a giant bauble wreath and a car packed full of presents.

The annual Kissmas tree, which glows white when two people kiss beneath it to complete the circuit, has also made a return.

Danielle Harris, marketing manager at Trinity Leeds, said: “We’re so pleased Peter’s thoughtful proposal went smoothly. We were thrilled to play a small part in their special moment and wish them both all the best for their future together.”

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