Thousands look in on Bruce’s blind date
A DAD who went on a blind date in front of thousands of spectators on a 100 metre long catwalk has spoken of the ‘unforgettable’ experience.
Bruce Greig, 40, from Macclesfield, agreed to the stunt as part of last month’s launch of the Manchester International Festival (MIF).
His very public meeting with Frankie Annets, 47, resulted in them going on four dates.
Sadly the potential romance fizzled out – but the pair have agreed to stay friends.
Bruce, of Lyme Avenue, is now back on the hunt for Mrs Right.
He said: “That was the first blind date I have ever had and it was an unforgettable experience.
“While Frankie and I have decided romance is not on the cards, I have some brilliant memories and a new friend.”
It all came about after Bruce, a director for a haulage firm, had been single for five years and applied to the dating section of a national newspaper.
They got back in touch to ask whether he might be up for a rather different blind date - in front of thousands of people at the opening ceremony of MIF.
Bruce said: “I thought, what have I got to lose? What’s the worst that could happen? At least it’s a night out!
“All I was told was that she was called Frankie and she was from Manchester. They even kept her hidden away from me backstage so that we couldn’t meet before that moment on stage!”
Bruce, with a rose in his hand, walked onto stage as the big screens at the event introduced him saying “This is Bruce, he’s here to meet his blind date”.
He said: “When I first walked out on stage I could hear the intake of breath from people as they saw why I was there and I thought: ‘Christ what am I doing?’.
“I’ve never done anything like this in my life before, I’ve never even been on a stage.”
Frankie then walked to the centre of the catwalk where Bruce rushed to give her a hug, a kiss and present the rose - and the crowds erupted into cheers.
Bruce is originally from Cumbria and moved to Macclesfield 17 years ago.
He is divorced and has an eight year-old son called George.
He used to play for Macclesfield Hockey Club and work for Gradus, the flooring firm on Park Green.
Bruce said: “I’m back looking for Mrs Right after a brilliant experience with Frankie, so let’s see what happens.”
Bruce Greig with Frankie Annets