AN IT manager took his future wife on a romantic treasure hunt across Barrow before popping the question.

Scott Craig, 39, asked Laura Redfern, 36, for her hand in marriage through a mystery treasure hunt among the pair’s most romantic spots.

The now Mrs Craig, a nursery deputy manager, said she was ‘completely surprised’ when her husband-to-be led her on a tour through all the special locations of their relationship.

She said: “First we went for breakfast at Stoller’s which is where the day started.

“Then he said we’re going to go on a stroll and took me on a treasure hunt around Barrow.

“First we went to my house which is where we always used to have a brew together.

“Then we went to my best friend’s house.

“After this, he drove me to Roa Island which is where both our son’s met for the first time.

“Then we went back to mine where he was stood behind me with a ring.

“It was a very romantic gesture. I thought it was just a surprise, I didn’t expect a proposal at all.”

The pair first locked eyes 20 year ago when Mrs Craig worked at the Barrow Superbowl.

Mr Craig said: “We kind of knew each other from then but ended up going our separate ways.

“We were meant to go out on a date a few years earlier but it just didn’t end up happening.

“We’ve always kept in touch since then.

“Then years later, Laura just happened to text me out the blue asking me about my recent holiday to Florida and it went from there.”

For their first date, the pair went for a romantic meal at the now closed Stagger Inn in Barrow.

Mr Craig said: “I always thought I was punching with Laura.

“I always found her quite attractive but didn’t think she’d found me attractive.

“I didn’t find out until later that she actually thought the same about me.”

The pair became engaged in September 2017 before officially tying the knot at the Grange Hotel in July.

Mrs Craig said: “We spent the whole weekend there which was lovely.

“My bridesmaids organised for a charm dedicated to my gran to be put on the flowers, which was really special.

“Because we both have boys, we thought it would be nice if Scott’s son, Alfie, gave me my ring and my son, Leo, gave Scott’s his ring.

“We wanted them to play a special part in the wedding.

"We want to thank all the Barrow-based companies who did an amazing job of bringing the wedding of our dreams to life in a gorgeous Grange setting.

"We could not fault the hotel who bent over backwards to make sure out wedding day went without a blip."

The couple enjoyed a relaxing trip to Santorini a couple of weeks later. All photography was done by Steve Hillman,