Getting engaged is usually one of the happiest and most exciting times of your life.
But when one British man got down on one knee in the middle of New York, it wasn’t just to pop the question.
When John Drennan proposed to his long-term girlfriend in the middle of New York, the couple managed to lose the sparkling engagement ring down a city grate and, after scrambling to get it back without success, were convinced that it was gone forever.
John Drennan and his now-fiancée, Daniella Anthony, both from Peterborough, took a romantic trip to New York to celebrate their 10-year-anniversary of being together.
But when John went on to pop the question in Central Park, the pair realised that he wouldn’t quite be able to put a ring on it after they both noticed that the band was too big for Daniella’s finger.
‘I tried to tell John it was too big, but he insisted I wear it,’ Daniella told BBC News.
‘I told her it was fine. I was just so happy to finally call her my fiancée after all this time,’ added John.
However, on a stroll through Times Square a few hours later, the sparkler managed to slip of Daniella’s finger and jump directly down a New York City grate.
‘I can still visualise the ring,’ said John. ‘Bouncing once… bouncing twice and then it was gone’.
John and Daniella immediately called the police out but officers were unable to get the grate open and so the dejected couple eventually had to head back home ringless.
However, on their return to the UK they discovered something extraordinary.
During their journey back home the NYPD continued their efforts to get the sentimental object back and managed to retrieve it. They immediately started a social media campaign to find the distressed couple and return it to them.
‘WANTED for dropping his fiancée’s ring in @TimesSquareNYC!’, wrote NYPD News. ‘Our @NYPDSpecialops officers rescued it & would like to return it to the happy couple. Help us find them?’
Even though the couple do not use Twitter themselves, on their return home friends pointed out the post to them asking if it was them and they were able to get in contact and claim the ring back.
The ring will now make its way back to Peterborough to be reunited with the happy couple and swiftly resized.
‘We are so thankful to everyone – especially the New York Police Department and everyone who shared our story,’ said the couple.