She said yes, thank goodness! Hundreds of tourists watch boyfriend's song and dance proposal in Venice's St Mark's Square
20:02 GMT, 4 October 2012
A lovestruck cruise ship entertainer proposed to his long-term girlfriend in the middle of Venice's St Mark's Square today.
Danny Burns, 36, led a group of fellow
singers and dancers from the Cunard Queen Victoria in a routine in the
world famous square, watched by his girlfriend Shonagh Daly, 31.
The group danced to the Hall and Oates
song ‘ You Make My Dreams Come True’ before Danny knelt down on one knee and produced an engagement ring to his sweetheart in front of hundreds of tourists.
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Danny Burns and Shonagh Daly overjoyed after she accepts Venice flashmob proposal
'Apparently it’s illegal to do something like that in St Mark’s Square and I was a little concerned,' he said.
'I had visions of being led off in handcuffs by Italian cops before I
had chance to propose but thankfully they never appeared and it all went
'The biggest problem was keeping it from Shonagh,' he went on. 'We live in each other’s pockets on the ship and I had to tell Shonagh I was going to the gym when I went off to rehearse.'
His plans remained a secret though – and the proposal came as a total shock to Shona.
'I didn’t see it coming at all.
Danny is obviously a better actor than I gave him credit for and not a
bad mover either. It was the best day of my life,' she said.
He planned to ask Shonagh to marry him on board a cruise liner where he and she are entertainers before it docked, and the script went perfectly.
She accepted and now the couple, who are both actors and have appeared in West End productions, are planning their wedding.
Danny’s dad, dentist Philip Burns from Sheffield, filmed it and the footage called The Proposal, which feature 12 professional dancers and four singers along with Danny and Shonagh’s mums, has already attracted more than 9,000 views on YouTube.
Danny performs his flashmob song and dance routine with a little help from his friends
Danny dances to his and girlfriend Shonagh's much loved song before proposing to her
An overjoyed Shonagh Daly clearly finds this all very entertaining and impressive
Shonagh laughs with joy at her boyfriend's clever idea
Amused onlookers watched as the scene unfolded
Tourists watch as an amused Shonagh Daly expresses her joy
'I thought of the idea a couple of months before the day,' said Danny. ' I knew my folks would be on the ship with us and hoped Shonagh’s parents would be on board as well. Thankfully there were.'
'The Hall and Oates song is our favourite so I decided to do a routine to that. Luckily we have a group of great dancers on the shop and one of them kindly offered to help me with the choreography.'
'It seems everyone on the ship apart from Shonagh knew what was going on. The comments and interest we have had since has been amazing. I’m lucky to have someone like Shonagh,' added Danny, who has appeared in Downton Abbey and at the National Theatre while Shonagh played Eponine in Les
Miserables in the West End and sang at Ground Zero.
'We haven’t fixed a date for the wedding yet but the proposal was certainly was a day to remember,' he said.
Danny proposes to his completely unsuspecting girlfriend Shonagh in the middle of St Mark's Sq in Venice to Hall and Oats Classic 'You Make my Dreams Come True'
Shonagh kisses Danny after he kneels down on one knee and asks for her hand in marriage
Overjoyed Danny Burns stands up to meet Shonagh's kiss an onlookers capture the moment of their cameras
Iconic landmark: A rare moment of peace at St Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, which normally bustles with tourists
VIDEO: Watch the proposal unfold….