Bradford named as second least romantic place in country

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Chris Thompson, owner of Thompson’s Florists in Darley Street, Bradford Chris Thompson, owner of Thompson’s Florists in Darley Street, Bradford

It provided the inspiration for one of the greatest love stories in literary history but a survey has claimed that the Bradford district is the second most unromantic place in the country.

Only Scunthorpe was less attractive to Valentine couples, according to the poll.

But the findings were last night given the cold shoulder by Bradford Council’s tourism chief and a city hotel boss, who pointed out that Haworth, famed of course for Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, as well as attractions in the city centre meant it was the ideal location for love.

The national poll of about 2,000 people, commissioned by Hotels.com, found that the Lake District was the most romantic, followed by Cornwall and then the Cotswolds.

But Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, the Council’s executive member for tourism, was scathing about the results.

“These types of surveys are really very scientifically weak and are just a gimmick by online hotel companies,” she said.

“I will vouch for Bradford and say that it is a location for a Valentine’s Day date, you could go and see a film at the National Media Museum, or see a show at The Alhambra theatre, or go for a stroll in City Park with the coloured lights under the moonlight.”

Gary Peacock, manager at The Midland Hotel in Cheapside, Bradford, was equally dismissive of the findings.

He said: “I do not agree with this survey at all, I am one of Bradford’s biggest supporters.

“I think that this is another example of when Bradford is on the up people out there put out this fabricated information just to have a go at the city.”

And Natasha Estes, a staff member at Premier Inn Central in Vicar Lane, Bradford, said: “I think we could do a bit better than second least, I don’t think we are that bad.

“We are quite a central place to lovely places like Ilkley and Haworth.”

Chris Thompson, owner of Thompson’s Florists, in Kirkgate, Bradford, questioned how respondents to the survey could measure how romantic the district is.

He said: “I don’t think people would really know whether Bradford was a romantic place or not, it is difficult to judge whether a place is or not.”

Laura Watts, of Hotels.com, said: “We hope our list will prove inspirational to those looking to plan a last minute romantic – or maybe unromantic – getaway.”

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8:00am Fri 8 Feb 13

angry bradfordian says...

It's a amazing how the council only think surveys are a gimmick when they give a negative answer.

They're more than happy to believe any surveys that give good news!
It's a amazing how the council only think surveys are a gimmick when they give a negative answer. They're more than happy to believe any surveys that give good news! angry bradfordian
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8:05am Fri 8 Feb 13

angry bradfordian says...

"or go for a stroll in City Park with the coloured lights under the moonlight.”

Getting accosted by drunks outside Lloyds in the dark??
What planet do our councillors live in if she thinks that there's something romantic about that!
"or go for a stroll in City Park with the coloured lights under the moonlight.” Getting accosted by drunks outside Lloyds in the dark?? What planet do our councillors live in if she thinks that there's something romantic about that! angry bradfordian
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8:25am Fri 8 Feb 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Mrs Hinchcliffe must have pretty low standards if a night in Bradford is what she would class as romantic.
Mrs Hinchcliffe must have pretty low standards if a night in Bradford is what she would class as romantic. Thee Voice of Reason
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10:36am Fri 8 Feb 13

Outraged English Subject says...

Absolute nonsense! What a nothing article.
Absolute nonsense! What a nothing article. Outraged English Subject
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11:13am Fri 8 Feb 13

Albion. says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Mrs Hinchcliffe must have pretty low standards if a night in Bradford is what she would class as romantic.
Indeed! Why ask people who have a vested interest in promoting Bradford and justifying their employment?
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: Mrs Hinchcliffe must have pretty low standards if a night in Bradford is what she would class as romantic.[/p][/quote]Indeed! Why ask people who have a vested interest in promoting Bradford and justifying their employment? Albion.
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1:25pm Fri 8 Feb 13

RollandSmoke says...

There are too many single people in Bradford. Spreading a little love and creating a little romance would be an excellent idea. Cupid's arrows could be a valuable weapon in the fight to get on top of our housing problems. For every couple struck by these arrows, who then can't bare to be apart, so start living together, a home is freed up. It is criminal that there are lonely people who would be ideal for each other and would gain confidence and strength from being with each other, but who carry on their lives alone and in isolation due their paths never crossing. Any suggestions as to where people can meet for the first time and have a chat?
There are too many single people in Bradford. Spreading a little love and creating a little romance would be an excellent idea. Cupid's arrows could be a valuable weapon in the fight to get on top of our housing problems. For every couple struck by these arrows, who then can't bare to be apart, so start living together, a home is freed up. It is criminal that there are lonely people who would be ideal for each other and would gain confidence and strength from being with each other, but who carry on their lives alone and in isolation due their paths never crossing. Any suggestions as to where people can meet for the first time and have a chat? RollandSmoke
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7:44pm Fri 8 Feb 13

bfd lass says...

well if they're basing the romantic appeal of Bradford on Wuthering Heights, I'm not surprised it bombed! what is romantic about a book about revenge, and cruelty???
well if they're basing the romantic appeal of Bradford on Wuthering Heights, I'm not surprised it bombed! what is romantic about a book about revenge, and cruelty??? bfd lass
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9:16pm Fri 8 Feb 13

RollandSmoke says...

bfd lass wrote:
well if they're basing the romantic appeal of Bradford on Wuthering Heights, I'm not surprised it bombed! what is romantic about a book about revenge, and cruelty???
Would you prefer Rita Sue and Bob too? Now that was romance, or was it pedophillia?
[quote][p][bold]bfd lass[/bold] wrote: well if they're basing the romantic appeal of Bradford on Wuthering Heights, I'm not surprised it bombed! what is romantic about a book about revenge, and cruelty???[/p][/quote]Would you prefer Rita Sue and Bob too? Now that was romance, or was it pedophillia? RollandSmoke
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11:05pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Not so simple says...

Romance or should I say superficial commercialised romance has no room in my world.

Romance is more then just dating or ****, it's more then just being able to drown one with ones fortune, it's much much more then that.

Romance is the art of learning to love another whilst holding innocent, sweet thoughts without uh expectation. Romance has been lost unfortunately....jus
t take a look at the tons of single parent families who thought they were in love and romance was in the air. The eastenders generation has no inkling what romance is...just what it isn't.

Romance is not taught, it's learnt by ones experience by having good manners,respect for others, good positive outlook and generally being good. Romance is more of a thought process rather then materialistic things.

What we read in romance novels or see on the telly is not romance, it's a point of view of another who wishes to impose his/her version of romance on the rest of us.

Romance is never the same, it's as unique as all of us.

Historically St. Valentines day has been frowned upon, the original indoctrinated preachers of St Valentines were locked up or punished via hanging etc!
Reason was due to the day being a pagan day and the encouraging of singles to mingle under the covers rather then mingle with the eyes of the heart..to an extent I would understand the law makers of the day.
Romance or should I say superficial commercialised romance has no room in my world. Romance is more then just dating or ****, it's more then just being able to drown one with ones fortune, it's much much more then that. Romance is the art of learning to love another whilst holding innocent, sweet thoughts without uh expectation. Romance has been lost unfortunately....jus t take a look at the tons of single parent families who thought they were in love and romance was in the air. The eastenders generation has no inkling what romance is...just what it isn't. Romance is not taught, it's learnt by ones experience by having good manners,respect for others, good positive outlook and generally being good. Romance is more of a thought process rather then materialistic things. What we read in romance novels or see on the telly is not romance, it's a point of view of another who wishes to impose his/her version of romance on the rest of us. Romance is never the same, it's as unique as all of us. Historically St. Valentines day has been frowned upon, the original indoctrinated preachers of St Valentines were locked up or punished via hanging etc! Reason was due to the day being a pagan day and the encouraging of singles to mingle under the covers rather then mingle with the eyes of the heart..to an extent I would understand the law makers of the day. Not so simple
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11:10pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Not so simple says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
bfd lass wrote:
well if they're basing the romantic appeal of Bradford on Wuthering Heights, I'm not surprised it bombed! what is romantic about a book about revenge, and cruelty???
Would you prefer Rita Sue and Bob too? Now that was romance, or was it pedophillia?
Also must be noted that the Bronte books also have implied older men perving on young women...sound kinda of wrong but those that read these books subconsciously fantasise such ill thoughts without even knowing what they read....it's called brainwashing and dumbing down the public who believe everything they read.
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bfd lass[/bold] wrote: well if they're basing the romantic appeal of Bradford on Wuthering Heights, I'm not surprised it bombed! what is romantic about a book about revenge, and cruelty???[/p][/quote]Would you prefer Rita Sue and Bob too? Now that was romance, or was it pedophillia?[/p][/quote]Also must be noted that the Bronte books also have implied older men perving on young women...sound kinda of wrong but those that read these books subconsciously fantasise such ill thoughts without even knowing what they read....it's called brainwashing and dumbing down the public who believe everything they read. Not so simple
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11:12pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Not so simple says...

And Natasha Estes, a staff member at Premier Inn Central in Vicar Lane, Bradford, said: “I think we could do a bit better than second least, I don’t think we are that bad.

Premier inn as romantic as fawltys guest house!
And Natasha Estes, a staff member at Premier Inn Central in Vicar Lane, Bradford, said: “I think we could do a bit better than second least, I don’t think we are that bad. Premier inn as romantic as fawltys guest house! Not so simple
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