'We might not be Paris, but love is in the air'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Florist Hayley Sagar from Floral Occasions in Bradford city centre with a bouquet of Valentine’s flowers Florist Hayley Sagar from Floral Occasions in Bradford city centre with a bouquet of Valentine’s flowers

Love is in the Bradford air – despite a survey dismissing the city as the fifth unromantic destination in the country.

The national poll of about 2,000 people found while the Lake District followed by the Cotwolds were the most romantic destinations in the UK, Slough was the least romantic followed by Birmingham, Scunthorpe, Hull – then Bradford.

TEN ROMANTIC REASONS TO VISIT BRADFORD

According to the poll commissioned by hotels.com, though, romance might be hotting up in Bradford since last year when it was named as the second least romantic get-away spot for love-seekers.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, the Council's executive member for tourism, said her heart was with Bradford.

“We are never going to be Paris or Venice but there will still be plenty of couples who will be enjoying Valentine’s Day in Bradford,” she said.

“We’ve got award-winning curry restaurants and there’s the Media Museum putting on an Audrey Hepburn night with food – there’s lots to do.

“The Lake District might be top of the romantic poll according to that survey but it’s very wet there. Given the choice I’d rather celebrate Valentine’s in Bradford!”

Maintenance boss Jonathon Cockroft and his sweetheart Victoria Forsythe, both 31, have chosen Bradford over their native Halifax to get married on Valentine’s Day.

The happy couple found The Barn at Esholt when searching for the best spot to tie the knot and set the date.

Mr Cockroft said: “We looked all over to find the right place and we think we found it in Bradford. So it's always going to have a romantic place in our hearts – if not in other people’s!”

Five couples will be getting hitched at Bradford Register Office in Manor Row on the big day itself including one couple already married who will be renewing their vows.

Deputy Superintendent Registrar Charissa Elvidge said bookings for the day showed romance was very much alive in the city but Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday had probably been a help.

“That’s probably part of an explanation for it,” she said. “A Friday or Saturday is going to be a better bet for most couples planning a wedding – it’s easier than the start or middle of the week.”

Graham Robinson, who has been a florist in Wibsey for 20 years, said he has ordered in 1,000 red roses to help Bradford admirers declare their love.

“We’re hedging our bets a bit but we’re expecting lots of love in the air this year.

“Christmas was good for us and the trend usually follows – unless we get snow then that might be a bit of a passion killer.

"Demand for roses has gone up and down over the years I’ve been in the business with people finding other kinds of gifts like chocolates to send each other but roses are the original love token and are here to stay – I hope!”

Bradford’s Great Victoria Hotel is at the heart of romance in the city, according to its sales manager Megan Tuffs, who says so inspired were they at the increase in weddings there over the past 12 months that they are putting on a Valentine’s Ball.

“Weddings business has been booming for us – we’ve had quite a few last-minute bookings too which shows there’s a bit of impulsiveness of the heart going on too.

“We’ve had quite a few renewal of vows celebrations and a couple of diamond wedding parties so not only is love well and truly alive in Bradford – it’s lasting too!”

 

 

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11:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

Whatthejuice says...

Why are comments allowed on a stupid subject such as this, yet stories which are slightly controversial like the Nick Griffith comment , the Ivegate shutter row, and many many more, WHY??
Why are comments allowed on a stupid subject such as this, yet stories which are slightly controversial like the Nick Griffith comment , the Ivegate shutter row, and many many more, WHY?? Whatthejuice

11:57am Wed 12 Feb 14

Whatthejuice says...

Why are comments allowed on a stupid subject such as this, yet stories which are slightly controversial like the Nick Griffith comment , the Ivegate shutter row, and many many more, readers cannot make a comment WHY??
Why are comments allowed on a stupid subject such as this, yet stories which are slightly controversial like the Nick Griffith comment , the Ivegate shutter row, and many many more, readers cannot make a comment WHY?? Whatthejuice

12:43pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Freddy Elliot says...

You know how it is. That way the rest of the world thinks we all get along fine together since the riots.
You know how it is. That way the rest of the world thinks we all get along fine together since the riots. Freddy Elliot

1:25pm Wed 12 Feb 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

Whatthejuice wrote:
Why are comments allowed on a stupid subject such as this, yet stories which are slightly controversial like the Nick Griffith comment , the Ivegate shutter row, and many many more, WHY??
Because it might give the wrong "community" the chance to air their views for once
[quote][p][bold]Whatthejuice[/bold] wrote: Why are comments allowed on a stupid subject such as this, yet stories which are slightly controversial like the Nick Griffith comment , the Ivegate shutter row, and many many more, WHY??[/p][/quote]Because it might give the wrong "community" the chance to air their views for once moanmoanwhingewhinge

1:27pm Wed 12 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

Freddy Elliot wrote:
You know how it is. That way the rest of the world thinks we all get along fine together since the riots.
*Since* the riots ?!

There's been racist animals from the likes of the vile BNP/EDL Brigade since the first non-White set foot in Britain.

Scum.
[quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: You know how it is. That way the rest of the world thinks we all get along fine together since the riots.[/p][/quote]*Since* the riots ?! There's been racist animals from the likes of the vile BNP/EDL Brigade since the first non-White set foot in Britain. Scum. The Hoffster

1:47pm Wed 12 Feb 14

mr-dog says...

Bradford - you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Bradford - you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. mr-dog

2:06pm Wed 12 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

mr-dog wrote:
Bradford - you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Yep.

If it wasn't for the BNP/EDL sh!t-holes known as council estates in this once-great City, things would be much better.
[quote][p][bold]mr-dog[/bold] wrote: Bradford - you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.[/p][/quote]Yep. If it wasn't for the BNP/EDL sh!t-holes known as council estates in this once-great City, things would be much better. The Hoffster

2:46pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Freddy Elliot says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Freddy Elliot wrote:
You know how it is. That way the rest of the world thinks we all get along fine together since the riots.
*Since* the riots ?!

There's been racist animals from the likes of the vile BNP/EDL Brigade since the first non-White set foot in Britain.

Scum.
Ravo birds are the best Hoff.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: You know how it is. That way the rest of the world thinks we all get along fine together since the riots.[/p][/quote]*Since* the riots ?! There's been racist animals from the likes of the vile BNP/EDL Brigade since the first non-White set foot in Britain. Scum.[/p][/quote]Ravo birds are the best Hoff. Freddy Elliot

3:13pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Rita, Sue and Bob is a film about the romance of Bradford.
Rita, Sue and Bob is a film about the romance of Bradford. Thee Voice of Reason

3:55pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Andy2010 says...

Nothing says Bradford romance more than enjoying a vindaloo with your other half then spending all night on the toilet and using a whole air freshener in the bedroom
Nothing says Bradford romance more than enjoying a vindaloo with your other half then spending all night on the toilet and using a whole air freshener in the bedroom Andy2010

4:26pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Smell the coffee says...

The Hoffster wrote:
mr-dog wrote:
Bradford - you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Yep.

If it wasn't for the BNP/EDL sh!t-holes known as council estates in this once-great City, things would be much better.
You really are deluded. It amazes me how you have the barefaced cheek to blame estates for this city's decline. It has gone from been one of the most prosperous city where decent people wanted to live and work, to the crime ridden, dirty sh1thole which is probably the worst city in the whole of this country. The decline has been steady since the 1950's and started in the Manningham area but as now spreading to outer areas like a cancer. Can you think why?
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mr-dog[/bold] wrote: Bradford - you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.[/p][/quote]Yep. If it wasn't for the BNP/EDL sh!t-holes known as council estates in this once-great City, things would be much better.[/p][/quote]You really are deluded. It amazes me how you have the barefaced cheek to blame estates for this city's decline. It has gone from been one of the most prosperous city where decent people wanted to live and work, to the crime ridden, dirty sh1thole which is probably the worst city in the whole of this country. The decline has been steady since the 1950's and started in the Manningham area but as now spreading to outer areas like a cancer. Can you think why? Smell the coffee

6:41pm Wed 12 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

Smell the coffee wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
mr-dog wrote:
Bradford - you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Yep.

If it wasn't for the BNP/EDL sh!t-holes known as council estates in this once-great City, things would be much better.
You really are deluded. It amazes me how you have the barefaced cheek to blame estates for this city's decline. It has gone from been one of the most prosperous city where decent people wanted to live and work, to the crime ridden, dirty sh1thole which is probably the worst city in the whole of this country. The decline has been steady since the 1950's and started in the Manningham area but as now spreading to outer areas like a cancer. Can you think why?
Yes.

Because of the emergence of vile Islamophobes like the NF,BNP, and EDL.

Quite simple really.
[quote][p][bold]Smell the coffee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mr-dog[/bold] wrote: Bradford - you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.[/p][/quote]Yep. If it wasn't for the BNP/EDL sh!t-holes known as council estates in this once-great City, things would be much better.[/p][/quote]You really are deluded. It amazes me how you have the barefaced cheek to blame estates for this city's decline. It has gone from been one of the most prosperous city where decent people wanted to live and work, to the crime ridden, dirty sh1thole which is probably the worst city in the whole of this country. The decline has been steady since the 1950's and started in the Manningham area but as now spreading to outer areas like a cancer. Can you think why?[/p][/quote]Yes. Because of the emergence of vile Islamophobes like the NF,BNP, and EDL. Quite simple really. The Hoffster

6:49pm Wed 12 Feb 14

mrs walker says...

All you need is love, tum te tum te tum...

Lovely night for reading the comments of abject misery and blame in the T&A, my favourite source of despair when I'm tired of watching re-runs of Kes and listening to Coldplay.

Tum te tum te tum...love is all you really need....
All you need is love, tum te tum te tum... Lovely night for reading the comments of abject misery and blame in the T&A, my favourite source of despair when I'm tired of watching re-runs of Kes and listening to Coldplay. Tum te tum te tum...love is all you really need.... mrs walker

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