Bargain Hunter makes bid for… a wife
A BARGAIN Hunt contestant got a romantic surprise — when the ring she was considering buying on the show turned out to be her own engagement ring.
Alison Cook from Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, got the shock of a lifetime when she was struggling to read the inscription on the ring and her partner and team-mate Tom Chambers suddenly got down on one knee and popped the question.
The proposal is a first for the show, which sees two teams competing to make the biggest profit after bargain-hunting for antiques on a budget — and Tom had to work hard with the production team to pull it off.
Speaking about his sneaky proposal, he said: ‘This was a one-off opportunity that no-one has ever done — and quite possibly won’t ever do again. It was a really unique moment.
‘I thought that doing it on Bargain Hunt would be a brilliant way of capturing it forever.
‘I’d worked really closely with the production team to make sure everything was in place and when the moment arrived, Alison couldn’t quite read the inscription of her name on the ring… so I had to read it out to her.’
Alison, meanwhile, is ‘over the moon’, admitting: ‘I’d been hen-pecking Tony for a while about getting engaged but he kept on telling me he’d do it in his own time.
‘So when he actually popped the question on the show… well, I think my face says it all.’
Tom said it was a moment they would both treasure forever.
The proposal will air in the next episode of Bargain Hunt, on BBC One at 12.15pm tomorrow
Author: Anna Thomson