20th June 03:56
In a bizarre attempt to prevent the population of a small Spanish town
dwindling, residents of Villafrechos yesterday bussed in more than 100
women from neighbouring towns for a large-scale blind date party.
The women were taken to lunch by around 60 single men, all hoping to
find their perfect partner. Tomas Infestas, a 57-year-old retired
carpenter, said he was hopeful he could find a bride. "I want to find
partner," he said. "I am lonely."
Whether he or anyone else will be able to persuade any of the women to
stay in Villafrechos (population 540) is another matter. Highlights
laid on for the would-be lovers consisted of a visit to a cheese
factory and an opportunity to watch the town's menfolk display their
skills on the football field.
Indeed, not all women had come to Villafrechos, which lies on the
northern plains of Spain, in the hope of finding a husband.
"It's a lovely and exciting experience," said Irene Velasco, 45, a
Madrid hotel worker. "I haven't come here to look for a mate, rather
meet new people and have a good time."
The brains behind the exercise was Teresa C****, who runs a local inn.
"There are too many bachelors here, we had to try and find them
brides," she said.
The town's Mayor, Miguel Angel Gomez, supported the scheme, inviting
women through a regionwide advertising campaign. He was taken aback by
the number of women who responded. "The youngest is 24 and the oldest
68," he said.
And just in case any of the blind dates are a success, the Mayor said
he would keep the register office open over the weekend.
Disgusting irresistable Dirty Harry
"I'm a cult! I'm an enormous cult! I'm the biggest cult around here!
People stop in the street and point to me and say look, it's that cult
from the television."