Our search for the worst Valentine’s stories is over and the winners have been published..
We’ve had a huge response to our competition to find out what happens when February 14 goes very, very wrong.
Your tales of woe made us laugh and cry – and a few even made us cringe!
To all of you who entered we hope this Valentine’s Day turns out to be a lot better, a truly romantic celebration. And to the winners we hope your prize makes the day even more special.
Here are the winners….
3rd place goes to…
Katie Robinson who will receive a Love Biscuit Collection from The Biscuiteers
“About five years ago, I got home from work and there was a note from my boyfriend with some flowers asking me to dress warm and a cab would pick me up at 7pm. The cab arrived and the driver told me that the destination was a surprise. We stopped at the local off-licence and the driver told me to go in and give my name. I did that and was presented with a lovely bottle of red wine, which had already been paid for.
“I got back into the cab and it pulled up outside an abandoned stately home. The driver gave me a mobile phone before driving off. The phone rang and it was my boyfriend telling me to follow the lights. He had lined the driveway and a path along the house with little tea lights in jars. I followed the lights and there was my boyfriend under a beautifully decorated gazebo. It was lit with hundreds of little fairy lights and paper hearts. He had a table and chairs set up with my favourite music playing and had a barbecue going.
“In the middle of February, we ate steak under the stars. It was magical. Afterwards we ate, we took everything down and put it in his work van, which he had hidden in the woods with a generator to provide the lights and music.
“Unfortunately the ground was very soft and the van got stuck. He tried to push it out while I worked the clutch but it would not move. We had to forage around finding sticks to go under the wheels in the pitch black. As I was unable to ’slip the clutch’ or whatever was necessary, so I went behind the van and rocked it while he was in the cab.
“According to him, one minute he could see me in the rear view and the next I had gone. The wheels had spun, covering me in mud and I had slipped and fallen flat on my face. He eventually got a friend to come and pull the van out of the mud and we ended up getting home very late, very cold and very dirty. It was our first Valentine’s Day together and when he tells people the story, he always says that when he saw me covered in mud laughing my head off, he knew it wouldn’t be our last Valentine’s together.”
2nd place goes to
Emily who will receive the Six Stolen Kisses with Red Wine
“A few years ago I overheard my boyfriend on the phone telling his mum that he was going to take me away for Valentine’s Day. He hadn’t mentioned it to me, so I guessed he was going to surprise me.
“I spent ages thinking where it might be – Paris or a cosy log cabin in the lakes? I even started shopping for new underwear, travel toiletries, the things I thought he might not remember to pack.
“Valentine’s Day arrived and as time went on nothing happened – no tickets, no note in a card, no ‘let’s go for a drive’. That evening it all became clear. I had misheard! He wasn’t taking me away; he was treating me to a takeaway. That taught me never to eavesdrop again!”
And the winner in 1st place is…
Alan K who will receive a Valentine’s Day Luxury Hamper with personalised tag.
“My worst Valentine’s Day was just last year. I had bought my wife a lovely, real gold bracelet and several charms to go on it (she had been hinting for a long time). After 20 years of marriage I decided it was a perfect gift.
“Just a few days before, I attentively slotted the charms on to the bracelet to set it up ready, then popped it back in one of the boxes to wrap. She came into the kitchen, so I hurriedly flung all traces of the present into the two padded envelopes and shoved them in the cupboard.
“Later I got them back out, wrapped one box and threw the other boxes, bubble wrap and so on into the bin.
“On Valentine’s Day I presented her with the present. She excitedly opened it and I don’t know who was more shocked. Inside the box was a mix of small bubble wrap bags, tags and pins, with no bracelet to be seen.
“It was a Saturday and my stomach fell when I realised bin day had been on the Thursday. She did forgive me, but somewhere on a north-east tip lies over £800-worth of bracelet!”
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