Well…we’ve been back for a while actually, but with the autumn term ticking along and some fab new arrangements already shaping up most pleasingly, it’s about time we filled you in on what we’ve been up to…
One highlight has to have been helping our new friend Malcolm with a very special assignment – his proposal to his partner Jo. Hopeless romantics at heart, how could we refuse?!
Those of us able to feign a very important meeting that necessitated being out of the office at 2:30pm on a Thursday, met at Parliament Square in a state of very nervous excitement. It was a beautiful day and the square was full of people, including the token bagpiper, who it soon became clear we would have to compete with…
We chose the shelter of Benjamin Disraeli’s imposing statue to huddle behind for a quiet rehearsal, trying not to attract too much attention. Malcolm’s dad, who was helping to orchestrate the event, came to meet us, ready to catch the moment on camera.
And then we waited, scanning a sea of people for the couple.
It transpired that Jo had very thoughtfully chosen to wear a bright yellow dress which made her pretty easy to spot – thanks Jo! Once we’d found our target we made our stealthy way up behind them, ready to launch into our classic mash-up of the Beach Boy’s ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ and Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ (the ‘put a ring on it’ bit, obviously), with just a smattering of J-Lo’s ‘Jenny from the Block’ for good measure.
Against a background of sirens, birds, traffic, overenthusiastic spectators who wanted to join in, and the afore-mentioned bagpipes, we sang our hearts out, and watched Jo’s slight confusion turn to laughter, smiles and happy tears as Malcolm got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
It was such a joyful occasion and we are so honoured to have been a part of it. When the song was over there were hugs, high fives, handshakes and applause all round. We were all grinning from ear to ear and so delighted to have been able to help.
Congratulations Malcolm and Jo! Thank you so much for including us in such a special moment, and all our best wishes for the future.