Peterborough couple famous after losing engagement ring in New York drain reunited with jewellery on US chat show

John Drennan and Daniella Anthony
John Drennan and Daniella Anthony
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A man from the Peterborough area whose fiancée dropped her engagement ring down a grate in Times Square popped the question again after being reunited with the band on a US chat show.

John Drennan got down on one knee in New York’s Central Park to ask his partner of 10 years Daniella Anthony to marry him

Hours later, while on their way back from a Broadway show, the ring slipped off Daniella’s finger and into a pavement grate.

The couple, from the Peterborough area, were the subject of a mass online appeal after the New York Police Department (NYPD) tweeted a video of them desperately trying to retrieve the band.

By the time the ring was found by officers the couple was already back in the UK.

On Thursday they appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the US and were surprised by the officers who retrieved the ring.

An ecstatic John got down on one knee again in front of the cameras. Daniella said “yes”.

During their appearance on Ellen, John told how the couple were left devastated at losing the ring but did not tell their friends and family back home for fear of putting a “negative spin” on their engagement.

Instead, a friend contacted John via Whatsapp, asking if he was the man in the video.

John said: “I was like, ‘Daniella, they found our ring, they found our ring!’

“I don’t know anywhere in the world where a police department, or two police officers - they went back the next day.”

Ellen, one of the most recognisable faces on US television, asked: “And where is the ring now?”

“Still with the New York Police Department,” John replied. Ellen stunned the couple and said: “That’s right, they are”, adding, “come on out!”

Beyonce’s Single Ladies played in the studio as two NYPD officers - in full uniform - walked onto the stage.

Daniella shouted, “oh my God!” before covering her mouth in shock. The couple then embraced the officers, who joined them on the couch.

One of the officers handed the jewellery to John, who joked: “There’s no grates, anything like that in here?”

He then got down on one knee - for the second time - and asked his fiancée: “Would you be my wife?”

A tearful Daniella replied: “Yes.” The officers later jokingly handed the couple a set of ring adjusters, costing $8.

John then told Ellen they were aiming for a June 2020 wedding, so they could “save up and enjoy being engaged”.

Ellen then handed the couple a cheque for $10,000 on behalf of US photobook firm Shutterfly.


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