dubbed the 'Singleton society', Britain has over two million divorcees,
16,000 of them right here in the West Midlands.
Out discovers the difficulty of finding love in a nation of commitment-phobes.
Maisey was busy raising three young children and certainly had no
time to go looking for love. Old school friend Jayne Taylor felt
the same. She said,
wasn't looking for anybody. I was living the single life.
I'd given up on it I think."
pair were soon proven wrong when they met at a school reunion. Just
three months after, the couple are planning to remarry.
it really that easy? 40 year old Aisha Ross of Wolverhampton, would
have to disagree.
been hurt it does take a long time for you to get back and
feel confident to be dating."
for 10 years with three sons to raise, meeting people in the traditional
bar and club environment is not that easy.
can provide a shared interest|
what's the alternatives? The West Midlands is simply bursting with
schemes and societies designed to get all those Brian and Bridget
Joneses back into coupledom.
dance classes, days out rock climbing, and single nights at bars
and clubs, there is plenty of choice.
that elusive first date has been acquired, here's how to ensure
a second date will follow.
- Ask plenty of questions about them
- Make eye contact, and keep your body language open and inviting
- Tell friends where you are going and who with
- Try to find common interests
- Pick a venue where there are things to do, just in case conversation
- Keep positive, your date may not be Mr or Mrs right, but the
next one just might.
- Never mention your ex, your divorce or the word marriage on the first
get drunk, order spaghetti bolognaise or garlic bread
take your friends with you
be tempted to lie or exaggerate the truth, no matter how tempting
yawn, look at your watch, or make desperate glances towards
are many ways for singles to meet. Ceroc,a form of modern jive is
just one of them. Although not a dating agency, people
have meet and fallen in love there as Harry Scoffield can testify.
met Claudette and we dance well together we get on and our
friendship became love."
is a great way to meet new people|
on by their success, Inside Out persuaded Aisha to attend a disco
for the divorced and separated. She
may not have met the man of her dreams, but she has realised that
singles night, as off putting as it sounds, is just a title.
she go again? "I think I would."
seems for some that love is definitely in the air in the West Midlands,
whilst for others that first date still remains the great unattainable.
you happily coupled or still searching, one thing is apparent, the
West Midlands has plenty to offer. So there's no excuse to get your
glad rags on and practice those chat up lines.
your coat babe, you've pulled!"