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Friends Sam, 26, and Gemma, 27, came to the event together and during the break, told me about their experiences. ‘I thought it was going to be awkward and weird, because you can see everything, but it hasn’t been pervy or gross.‘You get the initial looks out of the way first, but then it’s just general conversation that you would have on a regular date.’ Gemma agrees: ‘The guys have been really respectful. The conversation hasn’t revolved around us being naked, either.
‘The idea came from the popular TV show Naked Attraction.
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I was there alongside 30 other single men and women, all with their bits, boobs and balls hanging out. No, this wasn’t the annual meeting for London’s unofficial nudist club, but the UK’s first naked speed dating event, brought to you by the 33-year-old founder of Date In A Dash, Rob Ryall.
In our pre-event interview, I ask Ryall, who has a girlfriend, whether this was just a big ploy to get a bunch of women together so that he could ogle our naked bodies.
‘The demand for the male tickets was incredible, it was the fastest selling speed dating I’ve ever done. Generally it’s the other way around, you struggle to get the guys in.’ But, let’s get to the stuff you really want to know about, shall we?