Singles holiday dater: 'We keep pinching ourselves'

The Guardian-11 years before

Kevin and I were introduced at the airport, along with the rest of the group, and instantly developed a good rapport. He says he liked the look of me right from the start, even though we had just been introduced.

Throughout the week, Kevin and I mixed easily within the group and either sat around the pool chatting or did various watersports activities such as jetskiing or parascending. In the evening, the whole group got together for dinner. On the second day we sat together at dinner and really got to know each other. We realised we had a lot in common, and there was a spark, whi...h was strange for me because I hadn't felt those feelings in a while.

At the end of the holiday we knew we fancied each other, but we didn't get together until a month later. I think we were both so resigned to the fact that we wouldn't meet anyone. It was a pleasant surprise that we had, but we also didn't quite know how to take it forward.

After arranging to meet at the monthly Spice social event in London, Kevin asked if I would like to come over to his house for dinner at the weekend. He made me a roast; I was very impressed with his cooking and the conversation flowed really easily. It was clear that we liked each other and we have been dating since that day. We feel so lucky. We keep pinching ourselves. I didn't expect to meet my partner on a singles' holiday, but I'm so happy that I did.

Kevin: In May last year I had a week's leave and wanted some sun. Over the years my friends have settled down and some have children so they can't go away at the drop of a hat. I saw a Tenerife holiday in the Spiceuk brochure; the hotel was near a surf beach, which was great because I had recently done a surfing weekend in Devon and needed more practice, so I signed up. A relationship was the last thing on my mind - I simply wanted to go on holiday and do something I enjoyed.

Having been a member of my local Spice group for many years (in the past I've been white-water rafting, mountain biking and horse riding) I knew that the holiday would be great fun. In my experience the holidays are a brilliant way to meet people and boost your social life.

While I was at the airport I met Tracy, who was one of the first Spice group members to arrive. I was attracted to her immediately; she was bright, funny and good-looking. Throughout the holiday we sat together at dinner, chatted, laughed and danced. Most evenings there were group activities and it was a very natural, relaxed environment. The whole group mixed well and we all had such a good time. This allowed Tracy and I to get to know each other without any pressure.

After Tenerife most people swapped emails and many are still friends. I arranged to meet Tracy at the monthly Spice social event and we've been together ever since.

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