Wellington Councillors serenaded for Valentines Day

05:05, Feb 14 2013
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A red rose held by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown on Valentines Day.
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Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown with Just Four Now barbershop quartet lead singer Allan March on Valentines Day.
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Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown watches as the Just Four Now quartet sings to receptionist Lisa Scott at Wellington City Council. The quartet are, from left, Ross Gainsford, baritone; Ken Nelson, bass; Allan March, lead and Michael Taylor, tenor.
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Wellington City Council receptionist Lisa Scott films barbershop quarter Just Four Now as they serenade her on Valentines Day.
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Just Four Now quartet, from left, Ross Gainsford, baritone; Ken Nelson, bass; Allan March, lead and Michael Taylor, tenor, sing to a Wellington City Council receptionist on Valentines Day.

Romance was in the air at Wellington City Council today when a barbershop quartet serenaded councillors for Valentine's Day.

As the councillors went to morning tea they were greeted by the Harbour Capital Chorus' Just Four Now quartet, who sung Heart Of My Heart and Let Me Call You Sweetheart.

They then presented a rose to Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, patron of the Harbour Capital Chorus.

Mayor Wade-Brown said the quartet approached her about gifting her a singing valentine.

"I thought it would be a great thing for them to do for the whole council. It was beautiful, very romantic."

Councillor Simon Marsh said it was fantastic and sealed a great day for him. 

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"I re-proposed to my fiancée of 31 years this morning and she said yes. I bought a new ring and everything. I think she just needed time to get used to me."

Councillor Iona Pannett said it was a lovely surprise.

"It's a great thing to have done. They have lovely voices and it was beautiful," she said.

Councillor Helene Ritchie said it would probably be the nicest thing to happen to her all day.

"Although there is plenty of the day to go."

The quartet said they had four quartets performing for Valentines Day around Wellington today and tonight.

To surprise your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, teacher, boss or an anonymous crush call 499 8919.

The Dominion Post