When First Dates welcomed their oldest ever dater to the restaurant, fans of the show fell in love.
97-year-old Richard arrived at the restaurant looking to share his life with a special lady, and before his date even arrived, he was making short work of getting up on the bar stool, ordering a drink and whipping out his iPhone.
The spritely Second World War veteran ended up on a date with Ruth – a woman nearly 20 years his junior. Which still meant that she was 79 years old.
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Viewers were won over by Richard’s smiley disposition, positive outlook and zest for life:
Best episode ever of all time tonight. Richard made the show #FirstDates
— Jordan (@_Jordanlcfc) April 18, 2018
— edward coppck (@darfpunk) April 18, 2018
— Anthony Neal (@antneal) April 18, 2018
I want to take Richard on #firstdates for a pint ? what a bloke!! 97 year old and whips out the iPhone ??
— Liam Fell (@liamfell2010) April 18, 2018
When I grow up I want to be like Richard ❤️ #FirstDates
— Lucy Inman (@LucyInman31) April 18, 2018
#FirstDates Richard has actually brought tears to my eyes, so humble, such a gentleman proper " old school " ?
— Alicia (@CurlsACB) April 18, 2018
OMG Richard on #FirstDates is such a wonderful person. 97 and FaceTiming and enjoying every minute of life ❤️
— Linda Scannell (@Scano30) April 18, 2018
Also in the restaurant was unlucky in love Ian. The science technician was returning for a second shot at finding love after his first date didn’t work out. You can see if his second date went any better in the clip below:
First Dates continues Wednesdays on Channel 4 at 10pm