KATE SAYS YES TO HOGMANAY PROPOSAL

James Dicker and Kate Pierpoint, who were engaged at the Boston Hall on Hogmanay.
James Dicker and Kate Pierpoint, who were engaged at the Boston Hall on Hogmanay.
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Looking forward to their wedding day are James Dicker, 26, and Kate Pierpoint after the former proposed in a remote Borders hall on Hogmanay.

James went down on his knees to pop the question at the Boston Hall ceilidh in the Ettrick Valley just an hour before the bells heralded 2013.

Kate accepted – to loud cheers from the audience of 90, including her mum Louise, dad Steve, and sisters Jenny and Helen.

Kate’s family have connections with Selkirk.

The 25-year-old, who, like her groom-to-be, lives in London, commented: “I had no idea he was going to do it, but we have been going to the ceilidh at the Boston Hall for 15 years, so it was really nice.”

She added: “He couldn’t actually ask the question because he was so emotional, but when he opened the box to show the ring it was quite obvious what he was going to say.”

Kate’s mum lived in Back Row, Selkirk, with her late parents, Rita and James Murray, before moving to London. However, the family bought a holiday home on the Crosslee estate and have returned regularly ever since.

Kate added: “It is very sad my grandparents are no longer here, but I still have cousins living in Selkirk.

“We are looking to get married in summer next year, and my dream is for it to be in Traquair House.”