Friday 24 Nov 2017
Couple on track for wedding bells following Waterloo proposal
Staff at Waterloo station have been playing cupid after helping a romantic traveller propose to his girlfriend, who he first met at the station 18 months ago, using the customer information screen on the concourse.
Lisle Hunte contacted station staff who were delighted to help make it a special moment for the young couple by putting Lisle’s message up on the screen.
It read: ‘Waterloo was where I met my best friend. It is here that I am proposing to my soul mate. Shalisha, will you marry me?’.
The busy concourse burst into applause as Lisle Hunte got down on one knee in front the screen and asked for Shalisha Cumberbatch’s hand in marriage on Saturday evening.
Lisle, who is from Ilford and works in IT and Shalisha, who is from Abbey Wood and works in the Civil Service, were introduced through a mutual friend and agreed to meet for the first time at Waterloo Station.
Shalisha, who said yes to the proposal, said:
“When I saw the proposal on the board at Waterloo station I couldn't believe it. It was so romantic and thoughtful. Waterloo Station will always hold a special place in my heart and I can't wait to marry my soul mate. Thank you to all at Network Rail and South Western Railway for helping to make my dreams come true.”
The couple are planning to marry in October 2019.
Jason Murphy, Station Manager Network Rail, said:
“It’s not a request that we get often, but we were delighted to help out Lisle and mark this special occasion for them. We’d all like to wish them a happy engagement and life together.”
Michael Pugh, Customer Experience Manager at Waterloo for South Western Railway, said:
"I was very happy to help out with the arrangements in any way I could when Lisle approached me. We managed to put up the proposal message to Shalisha on the information board and luckily she said yes!
"On behalf of everyone at South Western Railway and, in particular, the Waterloo team, I'd like to wish them a very happy marriage and all the best for the future.”
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