Naval engagement for Keith and Nicky

HAPPY Keith Williams and Nicky Griffiths-Hayles
HAPPY Keith Williams and Nicky Griffiths-Hayles
Rear Admiral Kenneth Whitesell

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ROMANTIC Keith Williams came off HMS Middleton and got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend Nicky Griffiths-Hayles.

The 26-year-old Engineering Technician was allowed off the warship first to pop the question in front of more than 200 people – and she said yes.

‘My heart was racing,’ he told The News.

‘The lads had been giving me a bit of stick saying “what if she says no” but I knew she wouldn’t. I’m so happy. I’ve been planning this moment for the last six months.’

The couple met through a friend in Bournemouth two years ago and Nicky, 24, is currently pregnant with their first child, a boy.

She said: ‘I’m completely stunned. I just don’t know what to say.

‘I saw him coming towards me with flowers and then he got down on one knee. I thought he was just going to give me the flowers. It’s amazing, I just can’t believe it.’