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Who’ll find love on our blind date? This week it’s Della, 69 and Jak, 69

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Della, 69, (pictured) is divorced and has two grown sons

DELA, 69

DATING PAST

I’ve had some happy relationships, but I’ve been single for eight years. I got married when I was 17 and we are still friends after being separated for 40 years. I have a few male friends, but not someone I want to spend the rest of my life with.

A few years ago I downloaded a dating app, but it’s hard to find someone who has that spark.

VITAL STATISTICS

Divorced with two adult sons, 51 and 49, and a 21-year-old grandson.

CURRENT ROLE

Retired.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET

Someone sincere and confident, easy-going and sophisticated. I don’t want a grumpy old man, a slipper-and-pipe type, a womanizer or a vise.

PRE-DATE NERVES?

No, not at my age. I have lived a long life. It was very nice to dress up and have a delicious dinner.

FIRST IMPRESSION?

I arrived on time and Jak was already seated at the table. He looked very presentable, well dressed and had a lovely smile.

He was polite and stood up to greet me which was lovely. We shook hands and he put me at ease, even though he didn’t have the ‘wow’ factor.

EASY TO TALK TO?

I am a talkative person and he is a charming gentleman. We have both traveled to similar places such as Thailand, India and Australia, so we exchanged notes about our adventures. He also shared some interesting stories about his work around the world, which I enjoyed.

We had much in common and he is good company and above all a gentleman; he kept asking if i had everything i needed, like water. We felt comfortable with each other and it was a lovely afternoon.

I can still flirt but I think I have too much energy for Jak

Embarrassing MOMENTS?

Not at all. He’s far too sophisticated to spill soup all over his shirt.

FLY SPARKS?

DELLA EXCLUSION: 8/10

LIKED? His intelligence and beautiful manners.

REGRET? Not at all.

SEE HIM AGAIN? Yes, as friends

We’re both older and I can still flirt, but he wasn’t that kind of person. I think maybe I’m too active for him because I have a lot of energy and I’m always on the go.

I think he leads a slightly slower pace of life. I still go to the gym and am on my bike and love walking on day trips.

I think I need someone who can keep up with me. He was going to be a good friend, but I didn’t feel any chemistry on my side.

Would you like to meet again?

I would meet him again, but not romantically. We exchanged phone numbers and I’d like to keep in touch.

What do you think he thought of you?

I think he liked me. He told me he would like to see me again.

WOULD YOUR FAMILY KEEP HIM?

My friends and family got along with everyone, so yeah.

Jak, 69, (pictured) is single, never married, no children

Jak, 69, (pictured) is single, never married, no children

YES, 69

DATING PAST

Mainly because of my work in international marketing, I have never calmed down. I’ve had girlfriends, but never a long-term partner. I haven’t met anyone since I moved to London three years ago.

My friends tried to frame me, but gave up long ago. I have not used any dating apps. I prefer to meet people in a more traditional way.

VITAL STATISTICS

Single, never married, no children.

CURRENT ROLE

Retired from international marketing.

WOULD LIKE MEET

Someone who is kind and gentle. I like women who are full of life. A good sense of humor is always a plus. I tend not to get along with women who criticize everything.

PRE-DATE NERVES?

I was nervous because I had never been on a blind date before. I don’t know what got into me when I applied, but I feel like I have nothing to lose. I wore a blazer, with a tie and a handkerchief.

FIRST IMPRESSION?

I arrived first and felt even more nervous as I waited for Della. She was attractive and well-dressed, wearing a beautiful dress and a pearl necklace.

Della was friendly from the start and put me at ease right away.

EASY TO TALK TO?

She put me at ease and my nerves cleared up pretty quickly.

We both like old-fashioned politeness and have a similar outlook on life. We had both visited the same places in Europe as well as India and Thailand.

We both like jazz and walking. We laughed easily and it felt like we’ve known each other for a long time. Della has achieved a lot and made me realize that I still want to learn and continue to perform.

I was shy but Della gave me a sweet kiss on the cheek

I was surprised that she had become a full time companion of an elderly lady since Covid.

Embarrassing MOMENTS?

JAK’S VERDICT: 9/10

LIKED? She was so relaxed.

REGRET? Not at all.

SEE HER AGAIN? Surely. We have set a date.

Not really, and even if it had, it wouldn’t have mattered.

FLY SPARKS?

Yes, the chemistry was there, because we decided to meet again. I escorted her to the station and made sure she was on the right train. I was shy, so I didn’t want her to think I was forward, but before she left, she gave me a sweet kiss on the cheek.

Would you like to meet again?

Yes, we agreed to meet in a few weeks.

What do you think she thought of you?

I like her a lot. I think she thought I was relaxed, easy going and good company.

WOULD YOUR FAMILY KEEP HER?

Oh yeah. She would shine.

Fancy a fancy meal with a suitable single like you? Or do you want to play cupid for someone else? Email your – or their – details and a photo to blinddate@dailymail.co.uk

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