A landscape gardener who tried to find a date by brandishing a home-made placard outside Waterloo station has been lined up with a string of dates – his first a Gloucester woman.
‘Waterloo Romeo’ Gerald Abrahams, 39, has been on national TV and radio, and been inundated with more than three hundred suitor requests, since his initial foray into finding the love of his life.
Gerald’s first date was with Emma Knott from Abbeymead, who he took for a day out in London.
It started with the couple donning boiler suits and flat caps and being driven on an alternative tour of London in an old school Mini Cooper courtesy of smallcarBIGCITY.
The Italian theme continued at lunchtime with a Pizza Pilgrims pizza, in Soho. Gerald and his date, PR Consultant Emma, 27, made their own lunch.
There followed a couple of Birra Morettis, a whistle stop tour of the Pilgrims’ kitchen and a spin on the fusball table before they were tasked with finessing their bouldering skills on a climbing wall set in a railway arch near London Bridge station.
Gerald said: “The date was so much better than traditional internet dating, which gets stale. It was more fun and Emma was a great girl and up for a laugh - it’s not every day you meet someone who’s up for a rock climbing date. It’s a fantastic concept.”
Emma added: “I’ve tried them all, internet dating, speed dating. From contemplating how you’ll both fit into a tiny Mini to comparing climbing ability, they were instant ice breakers’.
Dating website organised the day-to-remember and they have been inundated with date
proposals for Gerald, from offers of dinner at a restaurant serving marinated kangaroo, wok
seared frogs’ legs and seared zebra to a dawn kayak trip down the Thames to Big Ben and back.
Head of Partnerships Fiona Bateman said: “‘We couldn’t let poor Romeo endure those god awful drink-interview-in-a-pub-style-dates.
“To give him the best chance of having fun on a date, we took him under our wing. Obviously, we’ve given him a free DoingSomething subscription too.”