KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Lord’s is a special place for cricket fans everywhere, but for Jamie Jeffs and wife-to-be Laura Mellusco the ground was also the venue of their recent engagement.
Jamie popped the question to cricket loving girlfriend Laura on a Lord’s Tour - having arranged the special moment in advance with the help of staff at the Home of Cricket.
The future groom ‘conveniently,’ left his camera case in the iconic Media Centre and was escorted along with Laura back to get it.
The couple were then discretely left alone, allowing Jamie enough time to pop the question.
Jamie spoke of his delight and relief that the cunning ruse had come off - and that Laura had said yes!
He said: "My attempt to lure Laura back to the Media Centre nearly failed as she was happy looking round the Lord's shop and suggested I go and get the camera case I'd 'left behind' on my own.
"Thankfully she liked the idea of getting a last look at the Media Centre and even more thankfully said 'yes' when I popped the question.
"Despite my nerves, we both really enjoyed the tour which we thought was amazing, especially seeing the Pavilion and the players changing rooms and have already recommended the tour to our friends.
"This has prompted some witty messages on Facebook such as 'congratulations, what a catch' and 'you've bowled a maiden over!'"
The couple had visited Lord’s during the 2010 season - Laura’s first time at the Home of Cricket - and were excited to return in the close season for the tour.
Jamie added: "We'd been to the CB40 final last summer, which was Laura's first visit to Lord's and she'd loved the atmosphere and the history.
"I bought her the tour tickets as a birthday present.
"It was the perfect way for me to propose as we are both massive cricket fans and Laura has loved being able to tell people she got engaged at Lord's!"
The couple will return to the scene of their engagement in 2011 after securing tickets for the sold out opening day of the England v India Test match in July.
Love at Lord's
Jamie and Laura are not the first couple to get engaged while on the Lord’s Tour.
Australian Cheyne Cijoke proposed to his English girlfriend Emily Crowther in May 2010.
Lord’s is available for hire as a venue for wedding receptions with former England wicket-keeper James Foster one high profile name to have hosted a party at the Home of Cricket.