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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 September, 2003, 17:44 GMT 18:44 UK
Tykes make 'thrifty' lovers
A couple kissing in bed
Yorkshiremen came bottom in the generosity stakes
Yorkshiremen are the most thrifty lovers in the country, according to a new dating survey.

The average Tyke spends just 9.25 on a first date making it the cheapest night out in the country.

In contrast, men in Essex top the generosity stakes spending an average 24.60 on food, drink and transport for their date.

The survey of 3,000 people visiting bars also found that the top turn-offs for women during a date were bad breath, breaking wind, and men who talked to their cleavage.

Behind Yorkshire, the next least generous men in the country were found to live in Warwickshire (11.08) and Lancashire (11.20).

Average first date spending
Essex 24.60
Gloucestershire 24.02
Cheshire 22.45
West Sussex 21.80
Suffolk 21.10
Bedfordshire 19.05
Berkshire 18.19
Norfolk 15.08
Hampshire 12.45
Lancashire 11.20
Warwickshire 11.08
Yorkshire 9.25

At the top, Essex was closely followed by Gloucestershire (24.02) and Cheshire (22.45).

A spokeswoman for Brannigans, who carried out the survey, said: "The survey looked specifically at what men are spending on a date so maybe women in Yorkshire pay their own way more than in other areas.

"It certainly doesn't imply that women in Yorkshire are cheap.

"I don't know if I am high maintenance but I was certainly surprised at the small amounts some people spend on a date."

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