Sheffield man proposes to boyfriend using iconic graffiti

Damian Maxfield (left), aged 25, who proposed to his partner Matthew Greenacre, aged 23, via this sign hung over this connecting walk way at Park Hill flats, Sheffield.
Damian Maxfield (left), aged 25, who proposed to his partner Matthew Greenacre, aged 23, via this sign hung over this connecting walk way at Park Hill flats, Sheffield.

A COUPLE hope to give a long-awaited happy ending to the story of an iconic piece of Sheffield graffiti.

The simplistic declaration ‘I Love You Will U Marry Me’, scrawled across the bridge spanning Park Hill flats, has formed part of the city’s skyline for over a decade.

And yesterday it was given a new lease of life as Damian Maxfield, aged 25, used the spot to propose to his partner Matthew Greenacre, 23.

Damian, owner of American Soul in Chapel Walk, even had a personalised banner made to hang over the bridge, created by Urban Splash, the company which owns the Grade II-listed estate.

The couple, who have been together for five months, used to meet at the spot under the bridge at the beginning of their courtship.

Luckily, Matthew said yes and the couple now plan to have a civil partnership ceremony next year.

Damian, of Ecclesall, Sheffield, said: “Matthew came into my store one day, we started chatting and that was it. It’s been a whirlwind romance but I knew straight away.”

Matthew said: “It was perfect. He could not have proposed in a better way.”

The graffiti originally read ‘Clare Middleton I Love You Will U Marry Me’, and was written by a man called Jason. The pair became engaged in April 2001 but split up just three months later.

In 2007 Clare passed away from cancer.

When Urban Splash took on Park Hill, it announced it would make a permanent feature of the graffiti but without Clare’s name.

Damian said he was aware of the back story and hoped his proposal would help reduce the sadness of the tale.