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Speed dating to become regular event – at the library


SPEED dating is to become a regular event at Warrington, following the success of the first-ever speed dating event at the Orford Jubilee Neighbou Hub last month
Organisers LiveWire have nnounced the session will be returning regularly throughout the rest of the year – giving more participants the chance to meet new people in the familiar setting of a library.
This follows the very successful inaugural event that was held for Valentine’s Day when around 30 people went along to the library in the hope of finding friendship or romance.
The free speed dating evenings are to be held on the last Wednesday of March, June, and September – with a December date to be confirmed. Following feedback from those who attended last month, different age groups will be invited along to each event.
The next evening, organised by LiveWire’s community librarian team, will be held on Wednesday March 27 at 7pm and is aimed at those in their 30s and 40s.
Refreshments, including wine, will be available to purchase at the event.
Admission is free although pre-registration is required by contacting any LiveWire library.
Wendy Molyneux, LiveWire’s strategic library manager, said: “Following the success of our previous speed dating event we intend to continue to host these evenings as a way of helping to address any potential social isolation.
“Last month’s event saw around 30 people who came along to try speed dating in the library. Some people came out of curiosity to see what speed dating is all about, some came because they were hoping to find a ‘date’ and some came simply because they like meeting new people.
“People who attended told us they liked the idea of being able to meet a large group of other singles.  They enjoyed the opportunity to meet people in a library because it is a safe, trusted environment.   We did have several ‘matches’ after hosting our first event and I am hopeful that I will need to buy a wedding hat before the year is out!”
LiveWire’s speed dating initiative has been given the backing by Time to Read, the partnership of public library authorities in the North West that collaborate on reader development initiatives.
Ian Anstice, Time to Read co-ordinator, said: “I was blown away by the success of the last Warrington speed dating event and made sure it was shared regionally and nationally. Public libraries do so many wonderful things and it’s great to see one more thing added to the already impressive portfolio of things that LiveWire libraries do.”
For more information on LiveWire’s library service and events please visit www.livewirewarrington.co.uk/library


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