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I had no idea Southend pier is the longest pier in the world. I'm not sure why, but I feel more fulfilled having discovered this. Which is just as well because I'm loathe to think what would have happened had we turned up to Southend with our dating events and not known this important fact. Being chased back to London by 180, 000 Southenders is not a prospect I wish to consider.
So why are we coming to Southend? It turns out that that a larger than usual proportion of the Southend population are aged between 23-40. And among these a very large percentage is single. We're coming to make it easier for young professional singles in Southend to meet each other while avoiding the trials and tribulations of normal dating protocols. In short, speed dating is coming to Southend.
Speed what?
Speed dating. Like Ronseal, it does what it says on the tin. Unlike Ronseal it doesn't smell unpleasant and won't stain. In fact, you won't even need a brush.
Ignoring your nonsensical analogy, how does it work?
You'll join forty other like-minded folk split evenly between guys and girls. You'll meet each other for dates that last around four minutes with guys moving on to the next after each one.
As the evening progresses you'll make notes on who you meet and after the event add your matches to our unique mobile app - Mixeo.
At 5pm the next day, everyone will be told who reciprocated their amorous advances. Matches can then message each other through our messaging system. The rest is then up to you.
Okay… So let's assume I'm kind of interested in giving it a go…
That's the spirit! Fill in the form on this page and once everything is in place you'll be one of the first to know when and where our launch is.
Hang on! Who are you?
Sorry. Let us introduce ourselves. We're Original Dating. We've been running dating events since 2003. We were even responsible for the first wedding of two people who met while speed dating back in 2004.
So you know what you're doing?
You're in safe hands. We've run over 4000 events and welcomed around 110, 000 singles to our nights. Our hosts are professional actors and comedians who know how to organise a group and we guarantee you'll have a great time.
Seriously, we promise that speed dating is the most fun, flirtatious and fastest way to meet someone in Southend.

Sign up (above) and we'll make sure you're one of the first to know when we launch our first event - and we'll even send you a discount of 50% off your first event!