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Flashmob wedding proposal at Braehead shopping centre

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Media captionBobby Beattie had been planning his proposal to Laura Meikle for 10 months

A flashmob wedding proposal brought one of Scotland's biggest shopping centres to a standstill.

Bobby Beattie, 32, used dancers, who had been mingling among shoppers, to woo his girlfriend Laura Meikle, 27.

She had been lured by her mother to the Braehead shopping centre in Glasgow when the dancers began performing to the Bruno Mars song "Marry You".

Bobby, from Bridgeton, Glasgow, then stepped forward to propose and Laura, also from Bridgeton, accepted.

"I just can't believe what's just happened," she said. "­I'm still in shock.

"When I first heard the music and saw the dancers start their routine I thought it was some entertainment for the shoppers.

"I recognised the song Marry You and saw someone walking through the dancers holding some balloons. At that point I thought someone is going to get a proposal, but never for a minute thinking it was me.

"Then the next thing I see Bobby standing in front of me, pulling me into the centre of the mall, and going down on one knee to ask me if I'll marry him.

"Of course, I said 'yes'."

She added: "We've been together for nine years, but I never thought Bobby would do something like this.

"It's certainly a day I'm never going to forget."

She told BBC Scotland: "It's embarrassing but it's nice. He's no good at keeping secrets so it's a surprise."

The couple live together and have a one-year-old daughter, Hayden.

The bridegroom-to-be had been planning the very public proposal for some time.

Not slept

Bobby said: "I got the idea of using a flashmob to propose to Laura after I saw a video of something similar that happened in America.

"I was very nervous to make sure I would be able to pull the whole thing off as I've been planning this since May.

"I haven't slept for three days and my stomach was in knots waiting for the flashmob dancers to start their routine."

Bobby added: "I always said that if I was ever going to propose I would do it in a big way. Thank goodness it all went to plan and it was a huge relief when Laura said 'yes'."

Lydia Brown, marketing manager for Intu Braehead, said: "This was a wonderful way for Robert to ask Laura to marry him and I've no doubt it was a day she will remember for the rest of her life.

"We were more than happy to help Robert organise his flashmob proposal and once the shoppers realised what was going on, you could see the delight on their faces."

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