Paul takes it to the bridge for proposal ...

Paul Brannigan pops the question to Hazel Andrews on Forth Road Bridge. Pic: Facebook/Kirsty Macdonald
Paul Brannigan pops the question to Hazel Andrews on Forth Road Bridge. Pic: Facebook/Kirsty Macdonald
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A mystery couple from Burntisland who got engaged on the Forth Road Bridge have been identified - thanks to 10,000 followers on Facebook.

Passer-by Kirsty MacDonald took an accidental pic of Paul Brannigan as he got down on one knee and proposed to Hazel Andrews on the bridge on Sunday afternoon.

But the loved-up pair left the scene before she got the chance to tell them she had captured their special moment.

Determined to track them down, Kirsty uploaded the pic onto Facebook and just two hours and 10,000 shares later, the pair were identified.

“We saw the picture on Facebook. I was like ‘Oh my God’,” said Hazel (26), who said she had seen the snap being shared by friends on Facebook after returning home.

She added: “I was a bit shocked at first but then I was so happy that she had shared it and managed to find us.

“We’re over the moon and can’t thank her enough.”

Paul (22), proposed on the couple’s two-year anniversary but told the Press his secret plan didn’t quite turn out as expected.

He said: “I’d actually had the ring for a week and kept saying to Hazel ‘ Do you want to go out to dinner?’ but she kept saying no, which I thought was a bit weird.

“Then her brother told me she wanted to go on the bridge and put a padlock on the love lock wall. I thought ok, I’ll do it there.”

Paul admitted he was “trembling” when he proposed - due to nerves and the weather.

“There was a 10 second delay - she was genuinely shocked - then she said yes after that.

“It just so happened a women was taking a pic of her son at the time and got distracted. “We didn’t have a clue we had been photographed.”

Paul, who works as a porter, added: “ The reaction on Facebook was insane and I just can’t thank the woman enough for what she did.

“Thanks to her, we have something that we can keep forever now.”

The couple, who have a sixmonth-old son, Oliver James, are now saving up for a wedding.

It remains to be seen whether the guest list will stretch to 10,000 Facebook friends...