Pensioners’ speed dating scheme means you can be old and in love

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A NEW upmarket singles club is proving such a success for disillusioned daters that the organisers are considering branching out – into a speed dating club for pensioners.

When the Music Stops, designed originally for ‘discerning’ professionals who are over 30, has already attracted a crowd of followers with its Saturday night dinners at city restaurants.

It also holds fortnightly speed dating sessions at the Slug and Lettuce pub.

Maria Snow, who runs the club with her friend Sarah Hall, said: “The first event alone resulted in two successful matches.

“We’ve proved we fill the need for discerning people who are in their 30s and 40s. Now we’re seriously considering exclusive events for the single over 60s. They deserve to find love too.”

The pair, both in their 40s, had found it difficult to meet like-minded people after their marriages broke up and were frustrated at the lack of events and venues for older singles.

“We didn’t want to stand in noisy pubs or clubs packed with teenagers, yet we didn’t want to be at loose end every Saturday night. We knew other people felt the same,” said Maria.

She and Sarah then bought a When the Music Stops franchise and have organised a jam-packed programme of events, including weekend dinners at Salford’s Swan Inn, a celebrity Valentine’s party and the regular speed dating sessions.

They are offering a 20 per cent discount to Citizen readers who input the code MKLUV when they book online at

Anyone interested can contact Maria or Sarah on 07415 474682 or 07973 145969.