IT is a very public display of affection - but one that is veiled in matrimonial mystery.
One Casanova in Leeds has decided to pop the question to his girlfriend by posting a message on a “Love Wall” in the city centre.
All that is known about the mysterious couple is that he is called Michael and his other half is called Victoria.
And shoppers at The Light are still waiting to find out Victoria’s answer to the question before Valentine’s Day on Friday. The YEP is calling its army of readers to track down the love birds and solve the romantic riddle. The mystery message left on the special Love Wall at the city centre shopping mall reads: “To Victoria. Hope you have a wonderful bday. Will you marry me? Michael x”.
Victoria Sugden from The Light told the YEP: “Our Valentine’s Day Love Wall has had a brilliant response with people posting messages every day. We were going through the messages and spotted the proposal but unfortunately there were no contact details. We’re hoping to track down the mysterious Victoria quickly so we can relay the message before Valentine’s Day. Hopefully her answer will be yes.”
Over the last week shoppers have been invited to spread the love by posting messages on paper hearts on the wall.
The best messages will then be selected on Friday for the chance to win a prize. Victoria added: “Yes, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love between two partners, but those of us at The Light want to put a slightly different spin on this by welcoming everyone into the centre and seeing how much love there is in Leeds.”
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VALENTINE’S DAY FACTFILE
Valentine’s Day - Saint Valentine’s Day - is celebrated on February 14.
The first official Saint Valentine’s Day was declared by Pope Galasius in 496, in memory of a 3rd century martyred priest in Rome.
The first recorded assocation of Valentine’s Day with romantic love is in the 1382 Love Bird poem ‘Parlement of Foules’ by Geoffrey Chaucer. Since 18th century, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each with flowers, sweets and, later, cards.
Traditionally, cards were sent anonymously.
Each year in Britain, we spend around £503m on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts for Valentine’s Day.