Stuntman engulfs himself in flames to pop the question to girlfriend

  • 22 Aug - 28 Aug, 2020
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Riky Ash asked his sweetheart to marry him as he was covered in flames spreading up his back and legs. Nurse Katrina Dobson, 48, was left speechless by the stunt, but eventually regained her composure and said yes. Dobson knew her beau would be set alight, but thought she was just taking part in a photo shoot, and had no idea he would propose. She was told it was for a piece about a National Health Service nurse finding love, and even turned up in her scrubs. “He sold it to me as a story on something that would make people smile," said Dobson, who works in the accident and emergency department. "When he was set on fire, I saw he had his hand in his pocket. I thought, ‘What are you doing, get your hand out of your pocket.' And all of a sudden he just took out this ring.” Dobson, who works at the coronavirus unit at William Harvey Hospital in Kent, United Kingdom, added: “It really was a lovely way to do it. He lives and breathes his job, so it was the perfect proposal.” “She couldn’t even get the word ‘yes’ out because she was so shocked," said Ash, 52, who played the ‘Tango Man’ in a series of popular soft drink commercials in the U.K. and did stunts in the Tim Burton blockbuster Sleepy Hollow.