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Straight guy puts up billboard looking for a date, shocked to find most of the enquiries are from men

Nick Duffy February 4, 2020
Mark Rofe, 30, said he is 'flattered' by the interest

Mark Rofe, 30, said he is 'flattered' by the interest

A straight man who put up a billboard seeking dates has said he is “flattered” by the flood of enquiries from men.

Mark Rofe, 30, put up an ad on the side of a busy road in Manchester, bearing the message: “Date Mark. This could be the sign you’ve been waiting for”.

Neither the sign nor his website datemark.co.uk clarified that he is looking for women – leading to a flood of male interest.

Billboard man ‘very flattered’ at interest from men.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “I’ve had more than 100 people get in touch. Unfortunately half are men but I’m still very flattered.”

Rofe shelled out £425 for the cost of the initial billboard, and is hoping to raise money through crowdfunding to expand to other sites.

Billboard: Mark Rofe, 30, said he is 'flattered' by the flood of interest from men after putting up the billboard at the side of a road in Manchester
Mark Rofe, 30, said he is ‘flattered’ by the flood of interest from men after putting up the billboard at the side of a road in Manchester

He explained: “Like any good idea it started off in the pub.

“I was talking to my mate saying how I was struggling on all these dating apps and I joked that I should put my face on a big billboard.

“We laughed about it but then actually I thought what a good idea. I tried to make it funny so hopefully I don’t come across as a desperate loser.”

Hundreds have applied to date Mark.

Rofe’s website says: “I’m Mark, an extremely handsome and modest 30 year old living in Sheffield. I work in marketing, and if you’re reading this, then I must be pretty OK at it.

“I bought a billboard in Manchester and made this website because I’m single, all my friends are getting married, and I’m struggling to get a date.

“If you think you could be interested in going on a date, you know where to apply.”

1,557 people have now applied to date Rofe, according to the website.

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