Thou­sands look in on Bruce’s blind date

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

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

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