‘4play’ leads to marriage proposal for couple

Newly-engaged couple Tracy Grosvenor and George Hocking (centre) pictured with band 4Play at Heckington Show. Photo: BBC Radio Lincolnshire.
Newly-engaged couple Tracy Grosvenor and George Hocking (centre) pictured with band 4Play at Heckington Show. Photo: BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

A man who made an impromptu proposal to his girlfriend was lucky to find thousands of flowers and a singing quartet on hand to add extra romance.

George Hocking was visiting Heckington Show at the weekend with Tracy Grosvenor when he asked for her hand in marriage.

The Skegness couple were enjoying the various attractions - and had wandered into the flower stall marquee when George saw singing
quartet 4Play and seized the moment.

“He asked 4Play if they would serenade me, which was lovely,” said Tracy. “Then I was surprised when he asked me If I would marry him. It was a magical moment.”

“They sang an Irish blessing which was beautiful then I proposed to Tracy,” said George. “I couldn’t get on one knee as I had hurt it playing football and had it strapped.” He added: “We go to the Heckington Show annually and intend to go again next year as man and wife.”

Tracy said she was left in tears of happiness.

“I knew we were going to get married at some point as we have been together two years and had talked about it, but I didn’t know when the proposal would come.

“George said to me ‘I will get you when you least expect it’. He certainly did that.”

Thankfully for Tracy - 4Play were in the horticultural tent when George spotted them and asked for their help - but they were not far from the livestock tent.

“I wouldn’t have minded that as I love animals,” laughed Tracy, “But it was beautiful amongst the flowers.”

The couple were given flowers from the ‘Blooming Craft’ stall - and interviewed on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

George’s proposal to Tracy is believed to be the first marriage proposal in the show’s 148-year history.

Mike Lock, concert marquee secretary at Heckington Show said: “What a great thing it was to have someone propose marriage at the show.

“It was a great day all round, the atmosphere was fantastic, the weather wasn’t too bad to us, and we had some great live music performances.

“It really was the icing in the cake.”