Moment when daughter who hadn’t seen her mother for 18 months surprises her

Moment when daughter who hadn’t seen her mother for 18 months due to Covid travel restrictions surprises her by dressing up as a WAITRESS and taking her drinks to her local pub

  • Emma Nugent, from Leeds, hadn’t seen her daughter Sophie in 18 months
  • Due to COVID-19 and living in Qatar, Sophie Nugent was unable to visit
  • Sophie disguised herself as a waitress to surprise her mother at her local pub


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A mother was left stunned after her daughter, whom she hadn’t seen for 18 months, surprised her by dressing up as a waiter at a local pub to serve her drinks.

Spanish teacher Sophie Nugent, who lives with her husband in Doha, Qatar, has been unable to return to the UK for over a year due to travel restrictions – and devised a plan to make her reunion with her mother extra special.

After secretly booking a flight home, Sophie surprised her mother Emma and her stepfather Paul while they were drinking in a pub in Rawdon, West Yorkshire.

Her sister Sasha filmed the moment when Sophie, dressed in a white shirt and black pants like the rest of the staff, approached the table with drinks, wearing a face mask and sunglasses to hide her identity.

Sophie Nugent surprised her mother, Emma, ​​in a Leeds pub after not seeing each other for 18 months

Sophie Nugent surprised her mother, Emma, ​​in a Leeds pub after not seeing each other for 18 months

Emma was visibly shocked when the waitress revealed she was Emma's daughter and gasped before standing up to hug her

Emma was visibly shocked when the waitress revealed she was Emma's daughter and gasped before standing up to hug her

Emma was visibly shocked when the waitress revealed she was Emma’s daughter and gasped before standing up to hug her

When she took off her glasses and mask to reveal her face, her mother was left open-mouthed in shock.

Emma said, “I had wondered a few times how I would feel if I saw Soph again. I thought I would cry or jump up and down, but I was completely paralyzed from the shock.’

Sophie added: ‘I have to admit I was stunned at how shocked my mother was – she usually has no words!’

The reunion was made even more special as Sophie and her husband recently tied the knot in Qatar, while her family was unable to make the trip for the big day.

Currently, when they enter the UK from Qatar, those who are not fully vaccinated will still have to be quarantined.

Sophie's sister, Sasha, was surprised and made sure she was the one to get the order to give to Sophie who was hiding somewhere else

Sophie's sister, Sasha, was surprised and made sure she was the one to get the order to give to Sophie who was hiding somewhere else

Sophie’s sister, Sasha, was surprised and made sure she was the one to get the order to give to Sophie who was hiding somewhere else

Sophie stayed in her character throughout the charade and even apologized for not having the right wine before her mom had time to see who was serving

Sophie stayed in her character throughout the charade and even apologized for not having the right wine before her mom had time to see who was serving

Sophie stayed in her character throughout the charade and even apologized for not having the right wine before her mom had time to see who was serving

Emma thought she would jump up and down if she saw Sophie again, but instead she was paralyzed with shock.  In the photo: Sophie with her family after returning from Qatar

Emma thought she would jump up and down if she saw Sophie again, but instead she was paralyzed with shock.  In the photo: Sophie with her family after returning from Qatar

Emma thought she would jump up and down if she saw Sophie again, but instead she was paralyzed with shock. In the photo: Sophie with her family after returning from Qatar

Sophie planned the surprise a week before her return home, in mid-July.

Sasha helped arrange the pub visit and Sophie waited hidden inside, ready for the big reveal.

Once Emma, ​​Sasha and Paul were seated and ordered their drinks, Sasha secretly went to the bar and asked the staff if Sophie could bring the order to their table.

She walked back to the table and texted Sophie to give her the signal.

Emma walked to the table and took off her sunglasses and mask, but kept her spirits up by apologizing to her mother for not having the right wine.

Sophie spent four weeks with her family after returning to the UK.  In the photo: Sophie with her family after returning from Qatar

Sophie spent four weeks with her family after returning to the UK.  In the photo: Sophie with her family after returning from Qatar

Sophie spent four weeks with her family after returning to the UK. In the photo: Sophie with her family after returning from Qatar

Sophie has had a great visit home since reuniting with her family.  In the photo: Sophie with her family after returning from Qatar

Sophie has had a great visit home since reuniting with her family.  In the photo: Sophie with her family after returning from Qatar

Sophie has had a great visit home since reuniting with her family. In the photo: Sophie with her family after returning from Qatar

Emma initially stared wide-eyed at her daughter, unable to speak, before the women embraced.

Emma added: “It was the best surprise I’ve ever had and I’m so glad we got to spend four weeks together, it was fantastic.”

Sophie said: ‘I have been overwhelmed by the reaction of my return to England, it was a wonderful visit home.’

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