Green signal for wedding plans as bride says yes on 19.57 to Watford
The 19.57 Overground service to Watford Junction has become the unlikely setting for one of the world's most unusual marriage proposals.
Commuters were stunned when a full choir broke into song as the packed commuter train left Euston.
Midway through the rendition of Bill Withers's hit Lovely Day, tailor Adam King, 34, got down on one knee to propose to his amazed girlfriend Lucy Rogers, 25, who promptly burst into tears and said yes. A video of the proposal - complete with a romantic opening sequence - has now become an online hit on YouTube.
Mr King, who started planning the proposal in April, enlisted the help of the Adam Street singers, a show choir he is part of. They spent weeks rehearsing the song, even building a re-creation of the carriage in a rehearsal space.
"I knew I wanted to do some kind of flashmob, but wanted it to be quite intimate - so I came up with the idea of the Overground train from Euston, where we live," said Mr King.
"The biggest problem was making sure Lucy made the train. There was only a three-minute window to get the choir, me and Lucy on. A lot of the choir are our friends, which made things even harder - we had to make sure she didn't recognise people."
A last-minute change in plans also meant the proposal was brought forward a week to Tuesday evening.
"Lucy decided she wanted a dinner that evening with friends in Kilburn, which meant her getting exactly the right train, so we brought things forward."
However, the scheme almost fell apart when Miss Rogers changed her plans.
"At the last minute she decided she wanted to drive, so I disconnected the car battery," said Mr King.
Following the proposal, the couple were handed champagne, and fellow commuters congratulated them.
"What you don't see on the video is that the choir went back to their seats and carried on as if nothing has happened - there was complete stunned silence, apart from a few members on the public congratulating us.
"When we got to Kilburn High Road, Lucy had to be helped off the train as she was so spun out - we were both in a bit of shock. I was so elated it had actually happened. Lucy had absolutely no idea it was about her until I went down on one knee."
Mr King, originally from Cobham, and Miss Rogers, who was brought up in Caversham, met at a friend's party six years ago.
They have not yet thought about their wedding day, says Mr King. "We've not really had time to think about the wedding at all as I only proposed on Tuesday - but I guess the pressure is on to make it memorable now."