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BBC Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy shares own 'personal news' as boyfriend proposes on Cave Hill

Aaron Adams popped the question to Emma Vardy at Cave Hill
Aaron Adams popped the question to Emma Vardy at Cave Hill Aaron Adams popped the question to Emma Vardy at Cave Hill

BBC Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy announced her own "personal news" yesterday as she revealed her boyfriend had proposed to her on the top of Cave Hill.

Love was in the air as Aaron Adams popped the question to Ms Vardy during an early morning walk to the north Belfast landmark.

The couple have been together for two years after meeting while playing mixed five-a-side football.

Writing on Twitter, Ms Vardy said: "Wee bit of personal news…this morning my best friend dragged me out of bed and up to our favourite spot to watch the sunrise…and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him".

The 40-year-old, who is originally from Southampton, previously worked as BBC South home affairs correspondent and was a regular on the Daily Politics Programme.

She was working as a political journalist in Westminster when the Ireland job came up in 2018.

A former surf instructor, she regularly updates her Twitter followers about her sporting activities, her trips around Ireland with Mr Adams and their regular visits to Cave Hill.

Fellow news presenters and politicians were among those to post congratulatory wishes to the happy couple following the announcement.

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson wrote: "Congratulations....delighted for both of you".

Secretary of State Brandon Lewis also said: "congratulations".

Broadcaster Piers Morgan wished the couple "many congrats", while former BBC news presenter Simon McCoy also said: "Hurrah! Congratulations".

Sky News correspondent David Blevins wished the couple well and wrote: "Belfast has a habit of winning hearts. Red heart Congratulations from your friendly rival at Sky News".

Conservative MP and former British Army officer Jonny Mercer added "huge congrats" to the couple.