Nikki says ‘yes’ to rock n’ roll proposal

London Hardrock cafe proposal for Andy Pearson and Nikki Dunbar.
London Hardrock cafe proposal for Andy Pearson and Nikki Dunbar.

A rock music fanatic created quite a scene at one of London’s most popular restaurants when he proposed to his girlfriend in front of a crowd of stunned diners.

Driving instructor and true romantic Andy Pearson drew more than 200 onlookers when he stood on top of the bar at the Hard Rock Cafe to ask for his Stapleford girlfriend’s hand in marriage.

And to his relief the stunt, pre-arranged with management at the legendary eatery, went to plan as Nikki Dunbar said ‘yes’.

Andy, who owns Heanor-based Drive Like a Rockstar driving school, said: “Nikki kept saying to me get down, stop being stupid.

“I said to her I would be the luckiest man alive if you were to say yes.

“There were people all round me taking photos and chanting ‘say yes’, ‘say yes’!”

Andy was given VIP treatment by restaurant staff who gave him a guided tour of the premises and let him sit in the seat famously reserved for guitar icon Eric Clapton.

At 10pm the music was cut and Andy was allowed to get up on the bar and address the entire restaurant.

Unsuspecting Nikki, 22, thought the couple were just going for a burger and a drink in Nottingham that night, before Andy announced he was to whisk her down to the capital to stay in a five-star hotel and dinner.

She said: “My first thought at this point was, ‘oh what’s he doing – nothing is ever simple.

“He’s always doing something crazy, but then he began a very heartfelt speech and after declaring his love for me, very publicly, got down on one knee – still on the bar.

“At this point I actually realised what he was doing. He says ,‘will you marry me?’

“Of course, I said yes!’”