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Jump aboard the love train! Heritage railway to host speed dating event

Pictured is Amanda Owen, organiser of A Night of Speed Dating & Other Debauchery and team member at Whitwell and Reepham Railway station. Picture: WHITWELL STATION

Pictured is Amanda Owen, organiser of A Night of Speed Dating & Other Debauchery and team member at Whitwell and Reepham Railway station. Picture: WHITWELL STATION

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For many, the course of true love never did run smooth but for singletons in Norfolk things may be about to get back on track.

A heritage railway's latest event is gearing up to see romance puff full steam ahead when it opens its doors for speed dating later this week.

Organised by Amanda Owen, a team member at Whitwell and Reepham Railway, A Night of Speed Dating & Other Debauchery will be taking place on Saturday April 27.

The 51-year-old said she was inspired to host the event after her own experiences of dating and meeting new people.

She said: “Trust can be the issue when meeting somebody for the first time so it occurred to me that speed dating used to be popular.

Pictured is Amanda Owen, organiser of A Night of Speed Dating & Other Debauchery and team member at Whitwell and Reepham Railway station. Picture: WHITWELL STATIONPictured is Amanda Owen, organiser of A Night of Speed Dating & Other Debauchery and team member at Whitwell and Reepham Railway station. Picture: WHITWELL STATION

“You could meet in a safe environment, spend a few minutes talking, and if you got on with this person you could arrange to meet again. But if you didn't, you feel safe enough to say no it's not for me and walk away.”

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People interested in taking part can fill in the online booking form and a small questionnaire about what they are looking for. For £10, participants will be greeted with a free glass of bubbly on arrival and a member of staff will guide them through the evening.

“We have had some interest from the females but the males appear to be more reserved,” Ms Owen said. “I know just as many men that are looking for that someone special and maybe a speed dating event would take away that pressure.

“All in all, it should be a nice relaxing evening with lots of laughter.”

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The event, which would ask people to arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, works by having couples paired together for five-minute rounds where they can talk with the person opposite them. After the time is up, they will be moved to the next table. There will be hints and questions on hand in case anyone gets stuck on what to say.

Ms Owen added: “The station holds lots of different events throughout the year in effort to raise money to restore the station and the trains back to the former glory and gives locals and tourists a place of interest to visit.

“It's amazing how many people that live locally pop down and say they didn't know this place was here, so it's good to hold these events and raise awareness.”

- Visit the website for more information or to book tickets.

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