Aberdeen shopping centre opens ‘Lift of Love’ after employees get engaged in elevator

Barry Munro and Tracy Hodson in the lift at Union Square where Barry proposed to Tracy.

An Aberdeen shopping centre has opened its very own “Lift of Love” – after two employees got engaged in an elevator on shift.

The lift, in Union Square, has been decked out with love hearts for Valentine’s Day, in an effort to encourage more shoppers to pop the question.

But couples only have until Friday if they’re hoping for a romantic lift proposal.

Barry Munro, 37, popped the question to his girlfriend of five years and work colleague Tracy Hodson.

Barry and Tracy, who live in the city centre and work for facilities servicing firm American Building Maintenance, first met in the Union Square canteen.

Tracy, originally from London, works as a supervisor, while Barry is a yard operative.

Tracy said: “I thought to myself ‘he’s nice’. I was introduced to him, but he didn’t seem to be that friendly, so I went off him pretty quickly.

“Then a couple of months down the line he started to be more friendly and eventually asked me out.”

She had previously thought that marriage wasn’t for her.

She said: “I told Barry I wasn’t the least bit interested – I never wanted to get married ever. Not because of anyone around me having bad marriages, it’s just not something I wanted to do.”

However, while on holiday in Portugal last year Tracy finally realised that she would like to walk down the aisle after all.

She said: “We had a fantastic time and it was the first time I thought, ‘I would like you to marry me’.”

The big moment took place last month, as Barry dropped to one knee in a service lift in the shopping centre.

And Tracy was so overwhelmed she forgot to say yes. She said: “I got a bit tearful. I got a bit emotional, I was just wondering what he was doing. I realised that I hadn’t actually said yes or no, so of course I said yes.”

They didn’t let that interrupt their busy work schedules though and both went right back to work. Tracy even had a meeting with bosses.

She said: “I said to them ‘you’ve probably heard what happened this morning, but Gary proposed to me and I said yes.

“Then they got really excited about it. It went round like wildfire really.”

The pair have not considered a date for the ceremony, although Tracy did say she would like it to be “sooner rather than later”.