A faint heart never won a fair maid, and Dave Bailey’s proposal to Debbie Maynard certainly paid off.
A faint heart never won a fair maid, and Dave Bailey’s proposal to Debbie Maynard certainly paid off. John Gass

Bold proposal sealed with a kiss

WHEN it comes to romantic gestures, they don't get more sizzling than this.

“Deb marry me? Love forever Dave!” That was the message displayed for all of Tweed Heads to see on the fire station noticeboard on Saturday.

Former Adelaide man Dave Bailey caught the attention of passing motorists and a couple of firefighters with his proposal to his sweetheart Debbie Maynard.

“It all went very, very well,” Mr Bailey said.

“I got her to pull over and we walked down to the sign; she hadn't seen it.

“I got to my knee, pulled out a ring and said ‘look up'.”

Ms Maynard, of Banora Point, was unsuspecting until the last minute.

“It was a big surprise,” she said.

“I was driving and I didn't know where I was going.

“He told me to pull over on Dry Dock Road and I didn't even notice the sign.”

Ms Maynard said passing cars were honking as Mr Bailey dropped to one knee.

“My answer was a big ‘yes',” she said.

“It was lovely. He's very romantic; I'll keep him.

“We got both our parents over in the afternoon and went out for dinner that night to celebrate.”

The pair, both 49, were introduced through their parents.

“Dave comes from Adelaide,” Ms Maynard said. “He was up here visiting his parents.”

Mr Bailey returned to Adelaide after their first date but the couple kept in contact.

“As soon as I got a job up here I sold my house and quit my job and was on the next flight,” Mr Bailey said.

“I couldn't be apart from Deb; I was missing her too much.”

The pair have been dating for about 12 months and just bought a house together at Banora Point.

“We've got a holiday planned in Fiji in April so we might get married over there and have a party when we get home,” Ms Maynard said.

The pair celebrated Valentine's Day on Saturday as they were both working today.

“It's certainly a day we won't forget,” Mr Bailey said.

DID YOU KNOW:

  • More than one billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year worldwide.
  • More than 110 million roses are sold in the world on Valentine’s Day.
  • A red rose highlighted by baby’s breath is known as a signature rose.
  • Men purchase 73 per cent of Valentine’s Day flowers.
  • 15 per cent of women send themselves flowers on February 14th.


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