Couple get engaged in new Queensferry Crossing proposal

BRIDGE-MAD Mark McDonald got down one knee for a surprise proposal '“ on the nearly-finished Queensferry Crossing.

Wednesday, 7th June 2017, 6:00 am
Mark proposes to Carrie on the Queensferry Crossing. Picture: cascadenews.co.uk
Mark proposes to Carrie on the Queensferry Crossing. Picture: cascadenews.co.uk

He told partner Carrie Taylor they were going on a rare “educational tour” of the structure for her 30th birthday.

Then he popped the question, wearing a hard hat and hi-vis jacket on what will become Britain’s highest 
bridge.

Carrie said the 1.7-mile Queensferry Crossing would hold a special place in their hearts forever following the “huge surprise”.

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Newly-engaged coulpe Mark McDonald and Carrie Taylor on the nearly-finished Queensferry Crossing. Picture: cascadenews.co.uk

She said both she and Mark, from Perthshire, have been fascinated by the 
construction of the new £1.3bn bridge which, once completed, will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge on the planet. The Forth Road Bridge will then become a public transport corridor.

Carrie said: “It was Saturday, which was my 30th birthday. He asked me what I wanted to do in the morning. In the evening I was going out with my sister.

“I said I wanted to go through to Edinburgh to get breakfast.

“He took this detour when we got off the Forth Road Bridge and went into Queensferry Visitor Centre.

Newly-engaged coulpe Mark McDonald and Carrie Taylor on the nearly-finished Queensferry Crossing. Picture: cascadenews.co.uk

“I was really nervous. I thought he was going there to take me bungee-jumping off the bridge.

“I just didn’t expect anything. My 30th birthday was going good, going over the tallest bridge in the UK. I thought that was great.”

Mark, 33 and Carrie were given a briefing by senior staff before embarking on the “one-off” visit, and were kitted out in safety gear including high-vis jackets and hard hats.

When they offered to have their photo taken, Carrie realised quickly that a video was being recorded instead.

She added: “Mark got down on one knee and asked to marry me. It wasn’t the outfit I would have chosen. I said ‘can I take my gloves off?’

“I had no idea it was coming. Mark sort of double-bluffed me. He said it was too cliche to do it on my birthday.

“At the time I was just in complete shock.

“It was a really special moment.

“Certainly nobody else can say they got proposed to on the Queensferry Crossing.”

Mark, 33, is an SSE compliance auditor with a love of engineering who finds the crossing “fascinating”.

He had secured Carrie’s mum’s wedding ring, and had it fitted with an emerald.

Carrie, who works as a regional support manager for a private healthcare provider, added her son, Taylor, eight, was delighted at the news.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “As a one-off it was nice to help out this lovely couple and provide a unique backdrop for a surprise proposal.

“We wish them all the very best for their future.”

The crossing is due to be finished between mid-July and the end of August.

Its towers will be 656ft high upon completion.