As Valentine's Day approaches, people across the country are making romantic plans. Some people will be taking the opportunity to show affection to their nearest and dearest, while others will be making a move on a secret crush.
Results of a national Omnibus poll for greetings retailer Clintons gives a UK-wide perspective of where romances are most likely to blossom, alongside the daffodils and primroses this year.
Figures reveal that 18 to 24-year-olds are most likely to get in on the office dating scene, with twice as many admitting to giving colleagues Valentine's notes than those between the ages of 55 and 64. London is the UK's epicentre for workplace romances. According to polling numbers, Londoners are the most likely group in the UK to give a Valentine's Day card to a colleague, almost twice as likely as people in Yorkshire, and nearly four times as likely as those in Northern Ireland.
The poll also finds that North Easterners are the most daring, as they are the most likely to give a Valentine's card to somebody they don't know. Respondents from Northern Ireland are least likely to make the spontaneous step. Nationally, those aged 35 to 44 are most likely to approach a stranger.
When it comes showing affection to your other half, Londoners are behind the pack, with less than half (47%) saying they would give a card to their loved one on February 14th. In London, romantic gestures on Valentine's Day seem to be the work of the love seekers, not those who are already off the market.
Nicola Miller, head of cards at Clintons commented, “We appear to be a nation of romantics and for many of us, February 14th is an important day on the calendar. Valentine's Day can be the perfect opportunity to make your feelings known or to deliver a personal and thoughtful message to the one you love.”
It's believed that Valentine's greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine's didn't begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known Valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.