Stunned Leeds shopper’s very public proposal

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A HOPELESS romantic from Leeds turned a casual shopping trip into a show-stopping proposal.

Polina Ovsyannikova, 25, was browsing the stores at Trinity Leeds with a friend when she was told to wait in the main atrium.

Rajat Sharma proposes to Polina Ovsyannikova at Trinity Leeds. Pics: Chris Lever (

Rajat Sharma proposes to Polina Ovsyannikova at Trinity Leeds. Pics: Chris Lever (

Suddenly, a flashmob of dancers started performing in front of her to her favourite song – ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Chaka Khan – and a crowd of thousands watched on in awe.

After being treated to a 10-minute performance of break dancing and bhangra, the red carpet was rolled out and a gob-smacked Polina turned around to find her boyfriend Rajat Sharma, 35, on bended knee.

“I still can’t believe it,” she said.

“I couldn’t talk for about an hour afterwards.

“I couldn’t have dreamed of anything like that.”

She added: “I am marrying the man of my dreams and I couldn’t be happier.”

Graphic design student Polina met her solicitor fiancé Rajat at a bar on Call Lane two years ago.

Rajat said: “She is the most beautiful person inside and out, and she’s also a bit of a romantic like me.

“They say if you love someone you want to shout it from the rooftops, so that’s what I did.”

After Polina said ‘yes’, a brass band made its way through the crowd and kept the party going.

The loved-up Leeds couple have already starting planning their big day, with a wedding scheduled for November 3 in Goa, India.

The flashmob on May 17 was organised by Morley-based company The Dance Mob, which is run by Francesca MacDuff-Varley – a former contestant on popular BBC One show ‘The Apprentice’.

Speaking about The Dance Mob performance, Rajat added: “It’s a cliché but they truly made the impossible possible.”

To see the full video of Rajat’s proposal, visit

For more about The Dance Mob, visit or look up @thedancemob on Twitter.

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