Dagenham match-maker, 62, on TV dating show

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 July 2013

Singles club boss Linda Howard is taking part in a TV dating show

Singles club boss Linda Howard is taking part in a TV dating show


A professional match-maker has taken a break from her role as cupid to find love for herself in front of the camera.

Linda Howard from Dagenham is featuring in Channel 4’s show, First Dates, which sees a variety of singletons share romantic dinners at a restaurant in the hope of meeting a potential partner.

Linda’s profile and those of a number of other candidates are featured on First Dates’ website and the public can apply to be their dates for an episode.

The 62-year-old has so far been on two dates, of which one was screened last Thursday, and has another date coming up later this week.

“The first man was from Harold Hill, which is nice and close, but he wasn’t right for me” said Linda. “I’m not going to reveal anything about the second - you’ll have to watch it!”

Last year, the great-grandmother, who lost her husband some years ago, launched an over 40s singles club in Romford called Beau Belles. It already has 150 members and has seen love blossom for seven couples.

Despite meeting dozens of single men through her job, Linda, has yet to find her Mr Right. “You’d think it would be easy with so many lovely men, but unfortunately there has been no-one yet who has caught my eye,” she explained

Asked to describe her dream man, the retired nursery nurse said: “Well he would have to have hair for a start. I like to run my hands through a man’s hair. And he should be at least 5ft 11ins, slim, talkative and enjoy going out and dancing.”

To watch Linda on last week’s dinner date tune into the show on Thursday from 9pm.

Beau Belles is open to anyone single and over 40, even those only looking for friendship. Members of the group meet at the Romford United Services Social Club, in Mawney Road, every Thursday and also take part in a number of outings. For more information call Linda on 020 8984 9613.

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