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.’