A Valentine story has won the couple involved tickets to a murder mystery dinner.
Suzanne Smith entered an Isle of Man Bank social media prize draw to share tales relating to Valentine’s Day and her account of her boyfriend’s attempts to romance her ahead of a proposal.
She has won two tickets for a murder mystery dinner being held by the Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) in April.
Her tale relates to eight years ago and, fortunately, has a more than happy ending. She explained that her husband James, who was at the time her boyfriend, took her to Venice for a romantic break.
‘We went for a meal one night just outside Venice and couldn’t get a taxi back for love nor money, so ended up walking back to the hotel. The road had no pavement and was a really busy highway – I was petrified we were going to get knocked down.
‘Then hubby decided to get romantic: “look at the stars…” etc. Needless to say he got short shift and I stomped back to the hotel in a mood. Little did I know he was trying to build up the courage to propose!’
She added: ‘The next day he proposed at the top of the Campanile Tower overlooking Venice. We have been married eight years this year.’
Suzanne confessed she didn’t tell James she was entering the competition until afterwards – but he was happy enough when he learned they had won!
James - who works for Boal and Co - and Suzanne live in Douglas with their two children, Isabella, five, and Caleb, two.
Isle of Man Bank’s head of community investment, John Lindon, said: ‘The bank has a long association as a corporate member of the Manx Wildlife Trust and we were pleased to offer tickets to their murder mystery dinner in support of their 40th anniversary celebrations. Suzanne’s story was amusing and a worthy winner. It was great there was such a happy ending.’
The MWT’s fundraising dinner takes place on April 4 at Peel Golf Club. The event includes a murder mystery entitled The Viking’s Ball, performed by The Suspect Players.
Tickets for the exclusive event, which wraps up a year of celebrations to mark the 40thanniversary of the Trust, are £35. Included in the price is a three-course meal. Dress code is Twenties- style or smart casual. Tickets can be obtained by emailing Clare Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzanne is pictured with her children together with Anne Marie Kilgallon from the Manx Wildlife Trust and John Lindon, Head of Community Investment at Isle of Man Bank