‘I need more men’: Speed dating site hunts hunks as singles ditch dating apps
A Teesside mum is looking for suitable bachelors as she launches her first speed date.
Tired of the single life and ‘torturous’ dating apps, Lindsay Roberts, 45, took matters into her own hands and launched a speed dating event. The interest in the old-school face-to-face event, where love-seeking singles enjoy four minutes of “pressure-free” mini-dates before ringing the bell, moves on to the next suitor.
Aimed at over 35s, singles can enjoy an evening of laughs and good company at Norton Bar Canteen and Cocktails on Thursday 9th March. 17 women and 12 men have already registered for the event. I want more men, Lindsay said.
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“I’m bored of being single, dating apps are absolute torture, so I decided to book my cousin on a speed date in Newcastle in January,” Lindsay explained of her reason for creating the event.
“Although it wasn’t successful because it was miles away and it was difficult and for whatever reason it didn’t work out. But I just thought there really is an opportunity for this on Teesside so why not do it. this – so I did it!”
The mum-of-two, who runs her own business supplying Teesside restaurants with delicious desserts, hopes the night will be a huge success and help locals find love without the hassles of dating. Even if it’s not true love, Lindsay promises the night will be a lot of fun, and people may even come away with new friends.
After attending a similar event in Newcastle, she even came away with new female friends who endured the event alone, which she admits can be nerve-wracking. He wants to assure everyone who wants to attend that it will be not only a fun night, but also “meet the person of your dreams.”
He added: “There’s no pressure, I think that’s really important. People are nervous, but I’m actually quite surprised. It’s a really fun night.
“You just sit and talk to someone for a few minutes and just talk about life, work, family, whatever, and then at the end of the night you decide if there’s someone you want to talk to again.”
This isn’t the first time Lindsay has pushed herself out of her comfort zone to meet new people. Following the Covid-19 lockdowns and being single for a while, she even started her own community group for over 35s in the area to get together, which now has over 250 members and has several weekly events including pub quizzes and mini golf.
His event is one of many more traditional ways to find love, as singles in the UK ditch dating apps in favor of meeting in person. She hopes her event will show people that they’re not just a photo, and that “it’s so nice to talk to someone and it’s not just superficial.”
Those interested in signing up for the event can click here , the event manager is hoping to find more men to join in the fun. Tickets are £15 and who knows, you could find the love of your life.
Lindsay explained: “You never know what’s going to happen, or it’s just going to be a nice night, or you might meet the person of your dreams, but either way, you’ve got nothing to lose.”