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James Gracey proposes to partner Hayley Lovett at Rochester Castle Gardens' concert

By Lynn Cox

There was an added surprise to the bill at last night's Rochester Castle Concerts when a man got down on one knee in front of thousands of people and proposed to his partner.

James Gracey got on stage to pop the question to the love of his life, Hayley Lovett, who accepted to the delight of both James and the huge crowd.

Hayley and James make it a night to remember

Hayley and James make it a night to remember. Picture: Medway Council

His proposal came part of the way through the Magic of Motown gig, the latest in a week-long series of concerts.

Anyone who didn't get a ticket for last night's performance certainly missed out as it was one massive party.

From the moment the music started, people just couldn't help dancing their way around the historic site to each and every one of the popular well-known tracks.

The magic certainly came to the castle gardens and the show, which has been seen by more than a million people worldwide, had music fans doing the mash potato and the twist.

Anyone who loves a soul track was up on their feet to the sweet sounds of Heatwave. The group was a hit with fans who boogied the night away to their set.

The Always and Forever performers were on first and warmed the capacity crowd up a treat. The sounds of the timeless music certainly had concert goers in a happy mood.

Everyone felt the love inside the venue and it was then that James made his surprise proposal.

Then it was back to the magic of Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie and many more.

The cast of the show are exceptionally talented at pulling off the sounds of the legends. The band behind them worked non-stop at hitting the right sounds and gave the Friday night crowd a truly wonderful time.

Tonight (Saturday) Rochester Castle will host The Proms concert with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. 

They will be joined by Britain's Got Talent star Jonathan Antoine, Laura Wright and the Hertfordshire Chorus.

The classical show with plenty of flag-waving is the last in the series. There is still time to get your hands on tickets for the concert, which will conclude with a spectacular firework display. 

Tickets cost £34.50, visit tickets.medway.gov.uk or call the box office on 01634 338338.

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