Man spends £1,600 to surprise wife with 12ft dinosaur replica

After a few weeks of warm weather, Deborah Shaw thought her garden looked a little overgrown and asked her husband Adrian to tidy it up.

So he decided to surprise her with a new addition to their outside space – a 12ft-tall replica of a T-rex, costing £1,600.

Adrian, 52, snapped up the 14-stone resin and fiberglass dinosaur – named ‘Dave’ and hired a crane to winch it into position on Thursday.

While Deborah, 53, was out the dinosaur was moved into the back garden of their home in Leamington Spa, Warks.

IT analyst Adrian explained: ‘This project is a result of my wife’s request to make the garden look nice.

‘She suggested I clear away the weeds and maybe put a gnome on the patio which got me thinking.

‘I thought nothing could possibly look nicer in the garden than a 3.5 metre replica of a rampaging T-Rex, so I bought one.

‘I guess that it is most people’s dream to own a 3.5 metre replica of a rampaging T-Rex but they don’t have the space or resources to do this.

‘I have been very fortunate to be able to realise the dream.’

He bought the dinosaur from a company in Wales who said they could deliver it but Adrian had to hire the crane to lift it.

He added: ‘The neighbours loved it and took lots of pictures and I thought it looked great in the garden.’

But his plan to surprise his wife didn’t quite go to plan and she ended up getting a fright in the middle of the night.

Adrian, who has been together with Deborah for 20 years and married for six, added: ‘I thought my wife would be thrilled to bits but I don’t think she was as enthusiastic as I’d expected her to be.

‘She loves the Jurassic Park films and watches all the David Attenborough documentaries, so I thought I couldn’t go wrong with the purchase really.

‘She came home late from work and it was dark so I thought I’d surprise her with Dave the next morning when she opened the curtains.

‘I’d even set up my camera to capture her reaction, which I was expecting to be one of sheer delight.’

But Deborah got up in the middle of the night to let the dog out for a wee and she came face to face with the T-Rex, illuminated by the security lights.

Adrian said: ‘I could hear the screams and went running downstairs but even after the initial shock, she continued to scream.

‘I’ve fallen in love with Dave though and he’s not going anywhere. I’m sure Deborah will understand and grow to love him just as much as I do.’

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