Sweet moment couple who have been ‘through thick and thin’ together get engaged at the Grand National
- Jordan Paget popped the question to partner Sarah McGuiness at Aintree today
- The 27-year-old said the Grand National was the best place to make a proposal
- Their magical moment was caught on camera amidst crowds in the stands
Two lovebirds got engaged at Aintree Racecourse amid chaos at today’s Grand National.
Jordan Paget, 27, popped the question to his girlfriend Sarah McGuiness, 28, surrounded by friends on the final day of the Merseyside horsing event.
The couple – who have been through ‘thick and thin together’ – were videoed by the Liverpool Echo during their unforgettable moment.
Wearing a mint-coloured blazer, Jordan took to one knee in the stands of Aintree amongst numerous audience members eager to see the race.
He later told the publication that he couldn’t have proposed at a ‘better place’ than the Grand National.
Jordan Paget (right) popped the question to partner Sarah McGuiness (left) at Aintree today
‘We’ve been through thick and thin together. I knew this was the girl I wanted to marry,’ Jordan said.
Following his proposal, Sarah appears to wipe away her tears before eagerly saying yes, with many around them cheering.
Each year the Grand National has a TV audience of up to 600 million across more than 140 countries as well as tens of thousands of spectators at the course.
Jordan and Sarah’s engagement came just hours before animal rights protestors stormed the course in a bid to stop horse racing.
The Animal Rising campaigners, armed with ladders, were seen to climb over fences at the edge of the course just before the race was due to start.
A total of 23 campaigners have now been arrested following efforts by police to pull protestors away from the chaos on the course.
Prior to the chaos, Rose Patterson, 33, was also detained on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance in connection with potential coordinated disruption activities at Aintree.
Meanwhile, a 25-year-old woman from London and a man were earlier arrested outside the racecourse on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance.
Their magical moment was caught on camera amidst crowds in the stands of Aintree
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: ‘We are continuing to work with The Jockey Club and other partners to keep people safe during the Grand National Festival.
‘We are aware of some people planning to protest at the event. This has been factored into our plans.
‘We respect the right to peaceful protest and expression of views, but criminal behaviour and disorder will not be tolerated and will be dealt with robustly.’
A spokesperson for the British Horseracing Authority added: ‘While we respect the rights of anyone to protest safely and legally, we condemn any action which is illegal, especially if it puts at risk the safety of horses, jockeys, officials or fans.’
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