Well now’s your chance to find love as a Carrutherstown hotel are holding a series of events to help locals meet their match.
The Kinmount Hotel are looking for eight singles, aged 28 to 43, to enter their Valentine’s blind date competition, which will follow the same format as Cilla Black’s iconic show.
Co-owner Carol Brotherston said: “With regards to the blind date idea, we were just trying to do something nice for Valentine’s and it has grown arms and legs.
“We are hoping to select eight candidates and to create two couples from the eight.”
The competition, which will be lmed, will be hosted in the same format as Cilla Black’s Blind Date,
where the audience can see all four of the participants but the candidate who is choosing is kept in the dark about his potential love interests.
Carol said: “We will have a com- pere and are looking for it to be a fun evening and to make two good matches.
“We have a few applications al- ready, but are looking for more so that we can select people of sim- ilar ages, likes and dislikes, who might have similar interests and therefore hopefully a good chance of having a great date.”
And once the couples are matched, the fun begins.
Carol said: “We have arranged two dates with the help of two local businesses and we have ar- ranged two other treats for the couples through the day with the help of other local businesses.
“I can’t tell you what the treats or the businesses are though as we want the couples to be surprised.”
Winning matches will be escorted by a driver to some of region’s hotspots as they get to know each other and will get a photo session with photographer Graham Edwards, before having dinner at The Kinmount.
Carol said: “We will release their videos/collages the next week and really hope something lovely happens – and if not at least four people will have had a very pampered day out.”
And for those not lucky enough to be chosen to take part in the blind date competition, the hotel are also bringing speed dating to the area, kicking off on February 15.
And married couples haven’t been forgotten as a Mr and Mrs competition is planned for the same week.
Looking forward to a week bursting with love, Carol said: “The speed dating and blind dat- ing are an opportunity in this crazy world where so much social- ising is done online and by message and photograph for people to meet a real person and try the dying art of conversing face to face for a change. We hope it will make a nice change.”
To apply or nominate a friend for blind date, which takes place on February 16, contact the hotel at [email protected] co.uk, sending name, date of birth, a picture and a summary of interests.