Most people give a box of chocolates when they want to say thank you.
But Adele Sullivan, an Open University student from Higham Ferrers, went a few shuffling steps further than that.
She arranged for a zombie apocalypse for her husband after he inspired her to follow her dreams and study for a degree.
Adele arranged the surprise with The Open University as part of its campaign to help students thank their supporters in unique and personal ways.
Adele’s zombie-mad and unsuspecting husband, Shane Sullivan, was taken out by Adele for a romantic meal at Shaad Indian restaurant in Higham Ferrers, only to be interrupted with the onslaught of the “undead” at their table.
Shane said: “I thought I was just going out for a meal with my wife, I had no idea we were about to be joined by zombies!
“They looked great, very realistic. I’m really proud of Adele and what she’s achieved, and this thank-you was the icing on the cake.”
Adele said: “I know Shane has always been fascinated by zombies, and thought this would be a fun way to thank him. I think he enjoyed it, his face was a picture!
“Shane is amazing. Where he sees potential, he will help people to achieve it, and it was his encouragement that made me realise I could study at university.”
The moment was filmed as part of the OU’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWX2Pm7NjYw) across the UK.
Adele had always planned to go back to education, but said: “Once you get to a certain age and you didn’t do well at school, I think you can lose your confidence and it feels like you will never do it.
“Shane helped me to see that I could achieve this, and I’m now four years into my degree with two years left to go.
“I couldn’t have done it without his constant encouragement.”
Director of communications at The Open University Lucian Hudson said: “Studying with the OU is a significant undertaking, involving commitment not only from the student themselves, but also from those around them who offer support along the way.
“Whether it is to bounce ideas off, to look after the family and household, or simply be the calm voice of reason as another deadline looms, these supporters are the unsung heroes behind our students.”