Navy recruit proposes with 61 others

A Royal Navy recruit has ending his training on a high, by proposing to his girlfriend.

When Matthew Fairbairn, from Blyth, decided he wanted to propose to his long-term girlfriend at the end of his basic training, his fellow trainee sailors decided they wanted to be involved, resulting in the whole entry of 61 recruits down on one knee at the end of their passing-out-parade.

Matthew stepped forwarded and followed suit, and then popped the question to his girlfriend, Jenny Culling.

Matthew said: “I’ve been meaning to ask her to marry me for a while, but I wanted to wait until I had a secure job and it now seems the right time.

“Being at HMS Raleigh and away from Jenny has made me really appreciate what we have together.”

Jenny, 28, said: “I was shocked, but it was a good shock.

“I had no hesitation in saying yes immediately.”

Matthew is a former pupil of Blyth Community College and previously worked as an IT technician.

“My ambition is to advance in the Navy, start a family and be a provider, it’s all I’ve ever really wanted to be.”

Matthew will now undergo ten months training to qualify as a Seaman Specialist.