Now, one in 10 retired singles looks to the internet to find love and sex.
Only last week 80-year-old author Jilly Cooper revealed that she has been speed dating and joined Tinder – the dating app – for “research” purposes.
The wine tasting promoted mingling by encouraging people to take a different seat each time they returned with a new glass.
At 68 years old Diana is one of swathes of sassy over-60s turning to internet dating sites in search of companionship, love and, yes, sex.“Dating is exciting and fun, why would I want to sit around and get old?
” says Diana, a retired Marie Curie nurse and now a personal trainer, who lives in East Sussex and has three children and a granddaughter.“It is a way of socialising even if nothing comes out of it.
Diana Banks feels a frisson of excitement as she applies her lipgloss and checks her hair in the mirror before a lunch date with a man she recently met online.
Yet she is not, as one might assume, in the flush of youth and hopeful that her date may prove to be marriage material.