Match.com and East Coast trains to host onboard dating event

East Coast trains is teaming up with online dating website Match.com to give singles across London and the South East the chance to take part in the first ever dating event on a train.

DJ Scott Mills will host the Love Train event
DJ Scott Mills will host the Love Train event

The East Coast Love Train will begin its journey from London’s King’s Cross station on 13 September, with up to 200 single men and women making the return journey to York, all looking for love.

DJ Scott Mills will play the role of matchmaker and host on-board, giving participants on The East Coast Love Train chance to put their chat-up skills to the test as he makes his way through the carriages using the train’s PA system.

Scott Mills said: "A singles dating event on a train - what’s not to love! I’m really excited to roam the carriages of the Love Train and play matchmaker. Hopefully I’ll help people looking for love find their perfect partner."

East Coast head of marketing Natalie Cowen said: "We’re really excited to be running the world’s first-ever Love Train, hot on the heels of our successful ‘I Love Trains Week’ campaign. When we were developing the idea of The Love Train, it was obvious Match.com was our ideal partner, as they are the UK's number one dating website – and Scott Mills is the perfect choice as our match-making host for the day, as a regular East Coast traveller and a train fan too."

Once the love hopefuls arrive in York, they can choose to join in pre-planned fun activities, or simply explore the historic city for themselves. The event will also be captured on film by East Coast, which is producing a movie memento of the day, so everyone can see what the passengers on The Love Train got up to. 

Match.com managing director Karl Gregory said: "We’re delighted to be offering our members the chance to take part in this exciting fun-filled dating event. We regularly run activity based events for our lovely singles as we know that shared interests are a great icebreaker. With the variety of entertainment and activities planned throughout the day, we’ve no doubt that our members will have a great time with East Coast Trains."

York is located less than two hours from London on the East Coast Main Line route. York Registry Office has confirmed it is one of the most romantic cities in the UK, with more couples tying the knot in the Yorkshire city than anywhere else in Britain. 

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