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PUBLISHED: 16:09 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 09:37 12 August 2010

ROMANCE: James and Cassie on their date.

ROMANCE: James and Cassie on their date.

ROMANCE was in the air in the run-up to Valentine s Day as the Times Blind Date competition got underway. The Times played cupid to fix up some lonely hearts in search of a soul mate. Marina Soteriou speaks to the couples who won a great romantic meal fo

ROMANCE was in the air in the run-up to Valentine's Day as the Times Blind Date competition got underway.

The Times played cupid to fix up some lonely hearts in search of a soul mate. Marina Soteriou speaks to the couples who won a great romantic meal for two...

James and Cassie

The couple: We paired up Cassie May, 61, from Bickley, and retired surveyor James Bates, 70, from Bromley.

They both seemed to like the finer things in life, with Cassie placing particular importance on good shoes.

This is matched with bucketfuls of sincerity by both of them and they are both proud of their two children.

The date: The couple spent six hours together at Mediterranean

restaurant Caligulette in Bromley High Street.

She said: "His shoes were perfect.

"He asked 'how are the shoes?' and I said 'spot on'.

"He was a perfect gentleman all night. He even walked me to Bromley South station and paid for my cab home.

"I don't know how you managed to pair us up but you must have a talent for it.

"He does not look 70. I was absolutely amazed. I think he was quite concerned about his age but that didn't bother me and I hope it shouldn't worry him.

"The conversation flowed the whole evening. We really did click. We had a couple of bottles of champagne which was lovely."

He said: "First of all I would like to thank the Times for helping me to meet such a charming lady. The staff at the restaurant were charming and wonderful. They could have not have made us more welcome.

"We had a little dance. It was excellent.

"She looked lovely and I think perhaps she liked me too. I was absolutely amazed to be considered and I am pleased that I was. I hope other people get the opportunity and have as enjoyable a time as I did."

The verdict?

Love is definitely in the air and the pair have already arranged their next date.

Michele and Tim

The couple: Adventurous PCSO Michele Jacobs from Bromley seemed to be the perfect girl for Tim Cregeen, 43, from Orpington.

They are both sporty and Tim's most interesting talent is climbing to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The date: Caligulette in Bromley High Street.

She said: "We spent the evening talking about darts and football which just sums me up really.

"My mum said 'you never know, he could be the one', but he wasn't. He was a nice man but he didn't set the fireworks off or anything."

He said: "I didn't feel anything romantically. I think she feels the same.

"The conversation flowed as we had a lot in common. She is also very sporty. There is a possibility we will keep in touch."

The verdict?

Definitely no romance. Even though they have lots in common the couple have not swapped numbers.

Lena and David

The couple:

Translator and mother-of-two Lena Grahn, 51, from Gravesend was paired with bachelor David Treble, also 51, from Abbey Wood, who both seemed to outgoing.

His most interesting talent was giving Swedish massages whilst Lena's was show jumping.

The date:

Elements restaurant in Rowhill Grange Hotel in Wilmington.

She said: "The atmosphere was great. It was a splendid place to be. The meal was just exquisite.

"The conversation was great and we had lots to talk about.

"He was very polite and very well dressed - he clearly takes a lot of pride in his appearance and that impressed me.

"It would be lovely to see David again, even just socially. And I am glad I went on the date, but if it doesn't happen, there's always another bus to catch."

He said: "Lena is a very nice, attractive person.

"We had a lot in common - I'm quite a big film buff and Lena was extremely surprised that I could guess what film she was talking about just by her naming the actors and giving a brief description."

The verdict?

Lena gave David her number but the couple have not spoken

since the date. So watch this space!

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