Issued by Visit York
Twenty Yorkshire lads and lasses will head to one of the city’s finest dining hotspots, Burbridges, to meet 20 sexy Irish singletons on Monday 18th February 2013 for an unforgettable VIP speed dating experience.
Will the luck of the Irish be on the side of our Belfast friends when they meet the Yorkshire folk over a champagne lunch? Dating stations will be set up throughout the restaurant and the guys and gals will have five minutes to quickly get to know their date until the bell sounds and they move on.
After an afternoon of speed dating at Burbridges, the Irish singletons will catch their Jet2.com flight back to Belfast, but don’t panic! If any our Yorkshire folk meet the man or woman of their dreams, Jet2.com offer frequent flights from Leeds to Belfast start from just £18 one way.
What’s more, if anybody really does find love, and become the first couple to marry, Burbridges will treat them to a free wedding reception for up to 120 guests and Jet2.com will throw in a pair of return flights to Belfast!
Steve Heapy, Chief Commercial Officer of Jet2.com said: “Following our inaugural Leeds to Paris speed-dating flight last year, we’re absolutely thrilled to be offering this exclusive dating experience again for any Yorkshire and Irish singletons who don’t have a successful Valentines’ Day this year!”
Gillian Cruddas MBE, Chief Executive of Visit York said: “Kiss your partner below the West Window of York Minster and local legend says you’ll remain together forever. We’re hoping love will blossom and our new love struck couple will find inspiration from York’s many romantic connections; not least our Heart of Yorkshire Window.”
If you’re over 21 years, single, live in York or Yorkshire and you’re available on Monday 18th February, apply for your place today – we need ten men and ten women to take part.
Email [email protected] with your full name, age, a recent photograph and 50 words on why you deserve a place at the speed dating event! Final entries close at midnight on Valentine’s Day, Thursday 14th February 2013.
A dozen things you didn’t know…
R ailways are an important part of York’s heritage. The city boasts a beautiful, Victorian railway station – could there be a more slushy setting for farewells or reunions? York is also home to the world’s largest railway museum. Here you can marry on the platform, inside a historic carriage or alongside Queen Victoria’s carriage in the Royal Gallery!
O’ Tell Me The Truth About Love, wrote W.H. Auden in his famous poem of the same name. Auden was born in York on 21st February 1907.
M ajestic and imposing, York Minster is the largest gothic cathedral north of the alps – did any building in Britain ever inspire such feelings from the heart as this architectural masterpiece? The Duke of Kent married Miss Katherine Worsley here on June 1961. This was the first Royal wedding in York Minster since King Edward III married Philippa of Hainault there in 1328.
A lmost half of all wedding ceremonies that take place in York are for couples who do not live here. This could have something to do with the fact that York has previously appeared in The Independent Newspaper’s 50 best places in the world to be married.
N ovelists, past and present, have taken York and its evocative surroundings as inspiration for their work. Within a short drive of the city lie the romantic Yorkshire Moors where Emily Bronte penned her novel Wuthering Heights, the story of unrivalled love between Cathy and Heathcliff.
T wo Love Lanes can be found in York, double the quota in most cities. One is behind The Mount, the other alongside the Ouse in Fulford.
I dyllic gardens provide the perfect setting for your wedding pictures and can be found close to the city centre or at many of our approved venues. Take a walk around Museum Gardens near the Yorkshire Museum or visit Deans Park behind the Minster.
C ivil weddings and partnerships in York take place in arguably some of the most romantic venues in the country – medieval guild halls, unique attractions and stately homes. Nearly one thousand civil weddings take place in York every year.
Y um! York is the home of chocolate – how better to say ‘I love you’ than with a handmade box of chocolates?
O ne of the biggest collections of Valentine cards in the UK can be found in the York Castle Museum. A thousand or more messages of love are in the archives – including possibly the oldest printed Valentine’s card in the world. This was published on 12 January 1797 by John Fairburn of 146, Minories, London. It includes a verse printed around the edge:
All Nature’s full of Love and Play
Yet harmless still of my design
‘Tis but to be your Valentine.
The card was sent by Catherine Mossday to Mr Brown of Dover Place, Kent Road, London.
R ide through the city in a romantic horse and carriage. Tours leave from near the Minster.
K iss your partner below the West Window of York Minster and you’ll remain together forever, according to local superstition. Look up at the window to see the heart-shape worked into the tracery, known as the “Heart of Yorkshire”.
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