LOVE was in the air at the Queensferry Crossing when Cairneyhill man Thomas Wilson got down on one knee and proposed to girlfriend Michelle Smith.

The new bridge will now always have a special place in the heart of the couple, who took part in Saturday's walk with Michelle's toddler son, Cameron.

The proposal came as a complete surprise to beauty therapist Michelle, who is still recovering from the shock!

"I didn't have a clue," she told the Press. "He had been acting a bit strange in the morning but I thought that was him just being a bit lovey-dovey.

"He said he was really nervous but I couldn't see it. There were 180,000 people who applied and only 50,000 were picked and it is a memory we will have forever."

Michelle said she had to ask her now-fiancé Thomas, who works for Scottish Gas, if he was being serious before she agreed to become his wife.

"We started to walk along the bridge and I think we got about halfway along and I was in front and he pulled on my top and there he was down on one knee and he had my little boy Cameron as he said he wanted him to be in his arms when he did it," she added. 

"I was asking him if he was joking and if the ring was real and eventually realised he was being serious and said yes. I burst out crying – it was tears of joy. 

"He can be romantic at times but isn't really romantic. He said he wanted to do something special and that definitely was."

The couple are now looking forward to arranging a wedding.

"It may be a longer engagement of about two years but you never know, if we see the right venue and the right time it could be sooner," added Michelle.