The heart-warming moment the world’s most courageous Cowardly Lion got down on one knee was captured on film by bride-to-be Pamela’s daughter.
Louise Cobby began filming the stage after her mum was asked to go up from the crowd - but had no idea that Dave was going to propose.
She said, “What a complete fluke catching this on camera.
“I got my camera out for the jokes and to laugh back as mum got pulled up on stage but did not expect this to happen.
“I’m so happy for you both I keep wanting to cry.
“Such a surprise - thank you Dave for making my mum smile and for making her so happy. It’s all I’ve wanted for so long.”
Delighted Dave revealed he had no idea he was going to propose until the day before.
But when he got Pamela on stage, true to his character, Dave got too nervous and forgot the big speech he had prepared.
The 46-year-old care unit manager met and fell in love with mental health nurse Pamela, 43, at work.
Dave, from Hailsham, said, “I couldn’t have been playing a better character really.
“I’ve wanted to propose for a while, and I think Pam knew it was coming too, but she had no idea I was going to do it on stage.
“My bottle went and I couldn’t remember the speech I’d written, so I just blurted it out.
“I blushed when she said ‘yes’ but you couldn’t tell because I was in my costume.”
Luckily for Dave, Pamela is a lifelong fan of panto.
She said, “I thought it was a joke at first, I had to ask him if it was real.
“It was such a surprise - I’m so over the moon with it all, and absolutely delighted.
“I’ll definitely never forget how courageous my Cowardly Lion is.”