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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 May 2006, 14:14 GMT 15:14 UK
Spanish town has big blind date
Single men in Villafrechos, Spain
The rural town of 540 has more than 50 bachelors
A small town in northern Spain has held a huge blind date party to try and help its many single men find love.

The mayor of Villafrechos posted adverts inviting women from elsewhere to take part, out of concern his town's population was falling.

About 90 women showed up and were taken to lunch by more than 50 of the town's men, whose ages ranged from 24 to 68.

"There are too many bachelors here, we had to try and find them brides," local inn keeper Teresa Canal said.


Mayor Miguel Angel Gomez told Spanish news agency Efe he backed the local initiative to "prevent depopulation" in the small rural town of 540 inhabitants.

After lunch, the women were invited to see the town's highlights, including a cheese-making facility. The ladies were also treated to a football game and a dance festival in their honour.

The day delighted some.

For Irene Velasco it was "a lovely and exciting experience".

"I haven't come here to look for a mate, rather to meet new people and have a good time," the 45-year-old Madrid hotel worker said.

Tomas Infestas was also pleased by what he saw.

The women were gorgeous, according to the 57-year-old retired carpenter.

"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 wanted to marry, according to the Associated Press news agency.


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