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Romance can be found in Chester
Festival of Romance, Chester
Chester bills itself as the country's 'most romantic' city
The flames of passion have been set alight in the city of Chester.

A "Festival of Romance", now in its second year, will comprise about 200 events, including speed dating and supermarket singles nights.

The 10-day event, funded by Chester City Council, will conclude on Valentine's Day.

Festival organisers claim the city is the country's most "romantic venue", rivalling Paris and Venice as a destination for romance.

Last year's "love-in" involved more than 246 events and an estimated 9,000 people took part in events including a lover's leap for charity, a candlelit cuddle-up concert and a supermarket singles night.

Chester is also renowned for being the "happiest" northern city to live in, according to researchers at the University of Essex.

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