A BRIDLINGTON Woman was leaping for joy last week after proposing to her partner on February 29.
Traditionally women are encouraged to propose to their partners on a leap day and Tonie Arckless took advantage of the custom to pop the question to partner Daile Robinson at his favourite restaurant, Buffalo’s on Regent Terrace.
After the meal Tonie, covered Daile’s eyes and a cake with the words ‘Daile will you marry me?’ was placed in front of him.
Tonie said: “I was so nervous through the whole meal, I didn’t know what he would say.
“I could tell when he saw it he was speechless, and when he eventually said yes I was flooded with happiness. We couldn’t stop smiling at each other for the rest of the night.”
The happy couple have yet to set a marriage date, but plan to tie the knot when they have saved up enough money.
Tonie explained she took the decision to propose on a leap day because Daile didn’t ask her on Valentines Day.
Daile, 37, and Tonie, 22, have been in a relationship for 2 years and live on Hilderthorpe Road with their four month old son Charlie and Tonie’s 3 year old daughter Emma from a previous relationship.
Some believe the origins of women proposing on a leap day go back to the time when the leap year was not recognised by English law, and as the day had no legal status, the convention of a man proposing was allowed to be broken.
In upper class European society if a man refused a woman’s proposal on a leap day, he was required to buy her 12 pairs of gloves to hide the embarrassment of her not wearing an engagement ring.