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Who will find love on our blind date? This week it’s Jane, 56 and Tony, 61

Jane, 56, (pictured) is divorced and has a daughter

Jane, 56, (pictured) is divorced and has a daughter

JANE, 56

Relationship history

I was with my daughter’s father for 17 years. We divorced years ago when we grew apart. I was then in an eight-year relationship that ended in 2018. Since then, I haven’t seen anyone new. This was my first date in 11 years.

Pre-date nerves?

VITAL STATISTICS

Divorced with a daughter, 23.

CURRENT ROLE

Prison guard.

WOULD LIKE MEET

A man who is loyal, cheerful and warm. I have a good sense of humor, so I would like someone who can make me laugh. I don’t like men who get jealous.

I’m not the nervous type. I was more afraid to travel to the date by train. I’m a country bumpkin who drives everywhere, not a London girl. I wore a smart suede skirt, a turtleneck sweater, long black boots and a scarf.

First impression?

Tony is a lovely man, and was warm and friendly. I didn’t immediately feel an attraction, but we shook hands and started chatting. If you looked at all my ex-partners, I don’t seem to have a type, but I quickly knew there was no spark. You can never explain why. I just know.

Easy to talk to?

We had a nice date and kept the conversation light. We didn’t get into previous relationships, but talked about our daughters and travels. He is clearly a family man and we talked about raising girls.

We’ve both been to Australia although he made me laugh because he loves cruises and I couldn’t think of anything worse. We also both like to stay active. I have lost several stones over the past two years and Tony also enjoys running. I run as much as I can and use an exercise bike.

He loves cruises, but I couldn’t think of anything worse!

Embarrassing moments?

Not at all.

Did sparks fly?

JANE’S VERDICT: 7/10

LIKED? He was positive and a family man.

REGRET? No.

SEE HIM AGAIN? New.

I didn’t feel like there was any chemistry, but Tony was fun to talk to. Towards the end of the meal, Tony asked me to meet again, and I told him honestly that I didn’t feel there was any chance of romance.

That said, we exchanged numbers because I’d like to know if Tony is meeting anyone. I think Tony would make a nice partner. The date boosted my confidence.

Do you want to meet again?

No, I think we’d both do better to find someone we can have a relationship with. I wish him the best.

What do you think he thought of you?

We had a good time and are mature enough to know that if the spark isn’t there, there’s no problem.

Would your family and friends like him?

If I had wanted to have a romantic relationship with Tony, my family and friends would welcome him.

Tony, 61, (pictured) is divorced and has two daughters

Tony, 61, (pictured) is divorced and has two daughters

Tony, 61, (pictured) is divorced and has two daughters

TONY, 61

Relationship history

I was married for 15 years, but we divorced in 2017. I did some online dating and had a strange date, but there has been no romance. It would be nice to find someone to spend time with.

Pre-date nerves?

I was nervous, but I was more excited and quite excited. I was wearing gray pants with a yellow polo shirt and a turquoise sweater.

VITAL STATISTICS

Divorced with two daughters aged 18 and 15.

CURRENT ROLE

accountant.

WOULD LIKE MEET

Someone bubbly with a lot of go in it, because I like running, cycling and playing badminton. She would love Wimbledon and spend the night camping in line for tickets!

First impression?

When I saw Jane, she looked beautiful. She also seemed friendly. I am a slow burner and like to get to know the person before deciding if there is a spark. We got along well and it felt good.

Easy to talk to?

We chatted about everything. We both have girls who are very close to that, and she made me laugh when she said I had a lot in common with her father, especially since we both played badminton. We talked about how we have been affected by the pandemic – Jane was unable to see her parents last Christmas due to a positive Covid test.

We laughed to get to the restaurant and how we miss good old fashioned cards. Jane loves animals, and volunteers to walk dogs, so we talked about how our kids wanted pets, but we were the ones always cleaning up after them.

I laughed when she said I had a lot in common with her father

Jane is active and very excited about her. By the time we walked the two miles to the station, I was laughing that I’d taken my steps.

Embarrassing moments?

TONY’S VERDICT: 8/10

LIKED? Her joie de vivre.

REGRET? Not at all.

SEE HER AGAIN? Yes, as friends.

Not at all.

Did sparks fly?

I thought it was more platonic. At the end of the meal, Jane said she felt no spark, even though she had enjoyed it. I appreciated that honesty, because at our age you prefer to know things straight away.

Do you want to meet again?

I think we might meet again for coffee, but only as friends.

What do you think she thought of you?

She was honest that she liked my company, but as a friend.

Would your family and friends like him?

I think so because Jane is easy going and I definitely felt comfortable with her.

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