Viewers have fallen in love with the oldest person ever to enter the First Dates restaurant — at the grand old age of 97.
Ex-footballer and World War II veteran Richard was on the Channel 4 show last night looking for love again.
His second wife died five years ago from pneumonia and he lost his first after an eight-month battle with cancer.
Richard was matched with Ruth, a baby by comparison, aged 79, and the pair hit it off with a shared love of soaps and Tottenham Hotspur.
He said before the date: "Personally I can't believe anybody would look at me twice.
"Luckily enough I've still got my marbles. I don't think I manage too bad considering the fact I'm nearly 100. My brain is as though I'm still about 30.
"It gets a bit lonely on your own when you're a bit old. Ideally I would like someone who's quite clever, pretty good looking, well dressed, well spoken. It's nice to have a little cuddle every now and again."
He told Ruth during their date that he played for Spurs football club as a junior, adding: "But then the blasted war started."
Richard, who was called up to the special forces, said: "To be frank, we were trained as killers which was not nice, but there was a war on."
I don't think I manage too bad considering the fact I'm nearly 100.
He fought at the Battle of Arnhem where thousands of Allied soldiers were massacred.
"We didn't stand a chance," he said. "I was quite lucky because all those boys got killed, and back in England all those people got bombed.
"It was horrible. I used to have nightmares. I was 27 when I came out and I'd lost most of my youth.
"I still think I'm a young man. My body isn't but my brain is."
Ruth told him: "If I had a hat, I would take my hat off to you because I think you're amazing."
Afterwards she said: "He's what I would call old-school, a real nice gentleman and he had a nice manner about him."
And despite Richard concluding: "I enjoyed it but I might be a bit too old for her," viewers were thrilled when they agreed to a second date.
Watching #FirstDates and with Richard who’s 97 on it, has stolen my whole entire heart😭❤ honestly that just makes me cry 😢 “your only as old as you feel” my heart is melting
— liza✯ (@lisamaginnes) April 19, 2018
Richard is ledge! 👏👏👏 #firstdates
— Patrick Lawrence (@patlaw87) April 18, 2018
Catching up with #FirstDates, oh my Richard melts my heart 😭😭
— Lucy Ford (@LuceFord_) April 19, 2018
What an absolute gentleman Richard was on First Dates. Such a humble man who fought in the Battle of Arnhem in World War 2. We have the freedoms we have today because of men like him. #firstdates pic.twitter.com/ozDVMBy1Bn
— Ibrahim Banks (@TheShowOff85) April 18, 2018
Best episode ever of all time tonight. Richard made the show #FirstDates
— edward coppck (@darfpunk) April 18, 2018
When I grow up I want to be like Richard ❤ #FirstDates
— Lucy Inman (@LucyInman31) April 18, 2018
97 year old Richard on first dates is breaking my heart. What a sweet sweet man, I wish I could meet him ❤ #FirstDates
— CarlyMcCrackin (@carlymccrackin) April 18, 2018
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* First Dates continues on Channel 4 at 10pm next Wednesday.
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