Mystery of the leap year proposal

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A MYSTERY proposal appeared in the centre of Harrogate this week.

On Wednesday, February 29 – traditionally the day when women can propose to men – a message was pinned to the postbox at the junction of James Street and Princes Street.

It read: “SMB will U marry me?” followed by, in smaller text: “Or at least text me back?”

Emma-Louise Trotter, owner of the Bespoke Cupcake Company, spotted the message and posted a picture of it on Twitter, hoping to find out who was behind it - and whether “SMB” had said yes.

On her Twitter feed, @thebespokecakes, she said: “I’ll make the wedding cake for free if he says yes!”

Her offer was quickly followed up with more - and soon a whole wedding was coming together.

Butterfly Kisses (@ButterflyKissHG) said: “Oh wow, that’s great! And I’ll give them a wedding album for their photos too if it’s a yes!”

Zoe Kendall (zoejkendall) offered the services of the girls at PrimeTime Recruitment as bridesmaids, while Deano’s Graze and Grill (@grazeandgrill) said it would host the reception. Harrogate Preserves (@HG_Preserves) promised 25 pots of jam as wedding favours, wedding and travel magazines were put up by Claire Wooldridge (@PresentIssue) and Rachael Dunseath (@myrooskincare) said she would help the bride with a box of beauty products.

Steve Parsley (@steveparsley) said: “If you find The Post Box Proposer, my friendly wedding photograher Niki Denby says she’ll do engagement shoot.”

l All that remains is to track down the mystery couple and find out whether the proposal was accepted. If it was you, or you know who they are, email or call the news desk on 01423 707 514.