it was a proposal she would have been barking mad to refuse.
Chris Jacobs popped the question to his girlfriend by sponsoring a greyhound race on a trip to the dogs.
The 28-year-old, of Silk Mill Chase in Ripponden, called the 11th race of the night the “Louise Cunningham Will You Marry Me Race?” then proposed over the PA system at Owlerton Stadium in Sheffield.
And it was just as well he repeated the message – because his unsuspecting bride-to-be didn’t even notice her name in the race programme.
“She had it open on the page and she was looking at the dogs, but she never looked at the page,” said Chris.
He then took to the loudspeaker and asked her to marry him in front of more than 1,000 people.
“I’d had a bit to drink but I was still quite nervous,” he said.
Luckily he already knew she would say yes – they had already decided to get married and even booked their wedding.
Chris said they bought her engagement ring 18 months ago but he had been waiting for an opportunity to propose properly.
“I could never come up with a way to do it because she knew I had the ring, and we had the wedding booked, so she would be expecting it if I booked a weekend away or something.
“I told her we were going to the races for my birthday so she didn’t suspect anything.” Louise, 23, said: “It was a complete surprise. I didn’t expect it at all. I thought it was a good idea. He’s not normally good at stuff like that.
“It was quite embarrassing at first but I didn’t mind.”
The couple, who are expecting their first baby in August, will marry in Mexico in October next year.