by MARY MAGEE
A LISBURN man who proposed to his wife in a unique way has been
voted Northern Ireland's Most Romantic Man.
Colin Rea, from Ruskin Park, won the title in
a UTV Life competition which was organised with easyjet Holidays
for Valentine's Day.
All those flowers, chocolates and poems that he regularly
sends to wife Catherine paid off as the couple won a three day
trip to one of Europe's most romantic cities, Venice, where they
will stay in one of their top four-star hotels.
Colin, an electrical contractor, was
nominated by his wife who said he regularly tells her just how
much she means to him. From the time they first began dating he
surprised her with gifts and flowers.
He sent her a bunch of red roses a week after
they first dated and proposed to her in a rather unusual fashion
on New Year's Eve in 1999.
Catherine recalled: "Colin took me to
Murlough Bay and in the sand he had pebbles arranged to read
'Catherine will you marry me?'
"I was more than happy to say `yes' and we
married on June 12, 2000. It was a second marriage for both of
us and we've been blissfully happy ever since.
"He always brings me flowers and sends me
poems and letters continuously. He is a fantastic man and
husband and a brilliant stepdad to my daughters and a brilliant
grandfather to two lovely granddaughters.
"He fully deserves to be recognised as
Northern Ireland's Most Romantic Man. I love him so much."
Judges of the competition included radio
presenter George Jones, Emma Heatherington, author of the book
Crazy For You, and Nicky Petrie of easyJet.
Colin Rea with his wife Catherine at home on Valentines Day.
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