Letchworth man proposes after playing the ‘most nerve-racking game of hangman’ on Cambridge green

Raj Sahota proposed to his fiance Rachel Pipe after a game of hangman.

Raj Sahota proposed to his fiance Rachel Pipe after a game of hangman. - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth woman was hanging on every word before her now fiancé popped the question in his own novel way.

Rachel Pipe showing off her engagement ring.

Rachel Pipe showing off her engagement ring. - Credit: Archant

Raj Sahota plucked up the courage on Saturday to ask Rachel Pipe to marry him – after spelling it out with a game of Hangman.

The 30-year-old took Rachel to Jesus Green in Cambridge to propose, after a special trip their last year for her birthday surprise.

The couple first met in 2011 through Christchurch Baldock, but got to know each other better through a Bible study group in Letchworth two years later.

“I chose to propose to her with hangman because we’d had fun playing it a lot, and because I wanted to do something different,” said Raj, of Pasture Road in Letchworth.


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“I’d been planning it for a few months, and the more I dwelled on the idea the more it made sense – and also the hangman letter slots worked out perfectly with eight spaces to fit in ‘MARRY ME’.

“It was the most nerve-racking game of hangman I’ve ever played! But thankfully she didn’t guess the phrase, which I revealed before getting down on one knee.”

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Rachel, 27, who lives in Broadcroft, said: “I was quite surprised because Raj kept teasing me by saying he’d propose in about three to four years. I kind of knew he was teasing but still didn’t expect him to do it this soon. I thought it was sweet and lovely he asked the question with hangman.”

The couple haven’t set a wedding date, but are considering tying the knot in September next year.

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