Who'll find love on our virtual date?

Who’ll find love on our virtual date? This week it’s Mel, 48, and Neil, 50, but will romance be on the cards?

  • Every week, FEMAIL pairs up two singletons to go on date before reporting back 
  • Mel, 48, and Neil, 50, this week conducted their meeting virtually 
  • Would you like us to find you a date? Are you a singleton, or is there someone you’d like to send on a blind date? Email: [email protected] 

Mel, (pictured), 48, has been single for five years and has one daughter, aged ten

Mel, 48

VITAL STATISTICS

Single for five years, with one daughter, aged ten.

Current role: Founder of a drinks company.

Would like to meet: Someone taller than me with twinkly eyes. They must like spontaneity as I have ADHD.

DATING PAST?

I split from my daughter’s father when she was 18 months old. I’ve had three relationships since. I often find men can be needy or have commitment issues.

PRE-DATE NERVES?

I was excited, as it made a change from the lockdown routine. I went on one virtual date last year, but I didn’t take it any further.

When I told my mum I was going on another one, she said I was being impulsive again. 

I do have form — I once drove to France just to have a picnic.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS?

I was enchanted by Neil’s beautiful eyes and perfect teeth. He was sat beside tulips he’d bought for our date. It was a lovely touch. 

He was charming. I’d retouched my roots and there was a greenish tinge to my hair, but he was complimentary about my appearance.

EASY TO TALK TO?

I like the fact Neil is a teacher and has a teenage son. He’s switched on when it comes to issues facing parents. I don’t think anything fazes him. 

He hasn’t travelled as much as I have. I asked whether he would be averse to visiting Spain with me, as I speak fluent Spanish. He said he’d love to.

MEL’S VERDICT:

LIKED? I had a bl**dy good time.

REGRETS? None.

SEE HIM AGAIN? Yes. 

EMBARRASSING MOMENTS?

After an hour I needed the loo, but I didn’t want to tell Neil. 

I was almost about to end the call, then explained. Neil laughed and said: ‘I’ll be here when you get back.’

DID SPARKS FLY?

We would have to meet to see if there is chemistry, but our date was so easy. 

We live an hour away from each other and Neil once played cricket in my village. 

He is one inch taller than me, and while I normally prefer men to be a lot taller, who wants their tombstone to read: ‘Mel died single because she would only date really tall men’?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET IN PERSON?

YES. He sent me a text after our date saying how much he’d loved it, and another the following morning to say he’d been thinking about me.

WHAT DO YOU THINK HE THOUGHT OF YOU?

That I’m rather impulsive. I explained I was diagnosed with ADHD last year, and Neil was understanding.

WOULD YOUR FAMILY LIKE HIM?

Totally. Mum would know he’s a good ‘un.

Single for three years, with one son, aged 13.

Current role: Secondary school teacher.

Would like to meet: A lover of the outdoors who has a great smile and gives me goosebumps.

DATING PAST?

I was married for seven years, but we split ten years ago. Since then, the longest relationship I’ve been in lasted seven months.

I’ve been single for too long, but it is difficult dating in the Suffolk area where I live. Everyone says I deserve to be happy, so I thought I’d give this a go.

PRE-DATE NERVES?

I was apprehensive but I knew once we got chatting I’d be fine. After months teaching my students virtually, I’m fairly confident talking online.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS?

I was set up with a glass of Pinot Grigio and suddenly up popped this very smiley person. Mel made a great first impression. She seemed relaxed and instantly started chatting.

Neither of us was sure about whether we should eat on camera. Mel had some nibbles with her Sauvignon Blanc and I had prepared some prawn and chicken pieces.

EASY TO TALK TO?

I was impressed when Mel told me she’d launched a business during the last lockdown.

NEIL’S VERDICT:

LIKED? Talking to Mel — she’s so bubbly.

REGRETS? None.

SEE HER AGAIN? Yes. 

We had similar break-ups when our children were very young, so we’ve both experienced raising a young child as a single parent. Having children makes dating more complicated, and it’s definitely not easy finding that special person again.

EMBARRASSING MOMENTS?

There were a few light-hearted moments. Mel needed the loo and I joked that she shouldn’t leave the door open. I was relieved that my first time using Zoom went without a hitch.

DID SPARKS FLY?

We got on brilliantly, and while Mel isn’t my usual type — I generally prefer brunettes — she is certainly an attractive woman.

I’m hoping that, even though we can’t see one another at the moment, it might lead to something. I liked that Mel asked to exchange numbers and we’ve been in touch since.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET IN PERSON?

Yes, to see if there is a spark and decide whether to take things further or remain as friends. I’d like to keep in touch. Watch this space.

WHAT DO YOU THINK SHE THOUGHT OF YOU?

We hit it off easily and I think I made a good first impression.

WOULD YOUR FAMILY LIKE HER?

Yes, Mel is an engaging person. She’s got a lot of time for friends and family and goes out of her way to help them. 

Would you like us to find you a date ? Fancy a date with an eligible single like you? 

Or would you like to play cupid for someone else? Email your — or their — details and a photo to [email protected] dailymail.co.uk

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