Norwich couple invited onto stage by Craig Charles for New Year’s Eve proposal at Open

Max Little and Rhiannon Smith, who got engaged on New Year's Eve.

Max Little and Rhiannon Smith, who got engaged on New Year's Eve. - Credit: Archant

A couple had more to celebrate than most this New Year's Eve after getting engaged in front of hundreds of people.

Max Little and Rhiannon Smith, who got engaged on New Year's Eve.

Max Little and Rhiannon Smith, who got engaged on New Year's Eve. - Credit: Archant

Rhiannon Smith popped the question to her boyfriend Max Little after being invited onto the stage at Open by actor and DJ Craig Charles.

The BBC Radio 6 presenter had been performing a DJ set at the Norwich venue on Saturday night for a New Year's Eve party.

After Mr Little said yes, the pair, who have been together for seven-and-a-half years, were met with a huge round of applause.

Miss Smith, who lives with her fiance in Mile Cross, said she took the decision to propose as 2016 had been a leap year.


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The 28-year-old said: 'I have told Max for years that I am not interested in marriage, so I knew he would not propose. And even though leap year proposals are meant to be on February 29, someone told me it could be on any day, so I thought this was my last chance.

'I just held his hand and said 'will you marry me?'

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'I knew he was going to say yes, but it all felt really magical.'

Just hours earlier, Miss Smith had passed a letter to Mr Charles, explaining that she wanted to pop the question that night.

That same letter was read out to everyone in the audience, and the couple were invited onto the stage.

After 30-year-old Mr Little said yes, Mr Charles told them: 'It's a pleasure, have a long and happy life together. Max, I'm sure you'll be very happy.'

The couple first met at the Crown Pub in Sheringham, but it was during conversations on the bus between Holt and Cromer that their relationship grew.

A year later, they got together, and now live in the city where Mr Little works as a graphic designer, and Miss Smith as a dispenser in a pharmacy.

Speaking about the moment he was called on stage, Mr Little said: 'I was pretty shocked at first, but I knew I would say yes straight away.'

The couple are now planning to get married in 2018.

Have you popped the question in an unusual fashion? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684.

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