Spanish Town Hosts Big Blind Date Party
A small town on the northern plains of Spain held a large-scale blind date party onSaturday to help its many single men find potential mates.
Concerned that the population of rural Villafrechos will dwindle, Mayor Miguel Angel Gomez threw his support behind the local initiative, inviting women through an advertising campaign to gather at the regional city of Valladolid.
It began as the idea of local inn keeper Teresa Canal. "There are too many bachelors here, we had to try and find them brides," she said.
About 100 women showed up, and were taken by two busses to Villafrechos, population 540, where some 60 men escorted them to lunch.
"We've been organizing this since November," Gomez said. "The youngest is 24 and the oldest 68."
The women were then invited to see the town's highlights, including an artisan cheese-making facility and a football field where some of the men hoped to impress with their soccer skills.
"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 to meet new people and have a good time."
Tomas Infestas, a 57-year-old retired carpenter, said the women were gorgeous. "I want to find a partner, I'm lonely," he said.
The mayor said the registry office would be kept open over the weekend, in case any couples found love and wanted to marry.