Jerome Anthony donned a penguin suit and got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend, Claire Tutton, at a hair salon in Halstead, Essex. Jerome, 37, and Claire, had been friends for years before becoming a couple three years ago.
Jerome, of Sible Hedingham, said:
“I asked her what she wanted for Christmas and she said either a new front door or a ring.”
Jerome decided to surprise her while she was working at Dales Hair Salon.
He said: “I dressed up as a penguin as she likes them.
“I bought a suit from eBay and pretended I was from Save the Penguins.
I made a badge with my penguin name on it, S Peckington, and made a bucket for donations.
When I got to the hairdressers, I approached Dale the owner first and he said he was really busy and they weren’t sure if anyone wanted to donate.
“I then walked up to Claire.
I had some tissue in my mouth to make my voice different.
I took the head off and got down on one knee and the ring was in the bucket. She said: ‘Oh my God, you’re a nutter’. Then she said ‘yes’.”