DELPH pensioner Bill Taylor is still looking for love despite a recent date seen by millions.
But Bill, 69, has no regrets over his appearance on hit ITV’s show Take Me Out.
And the former policeman has solved a mystery that baffled local viewers when host Paddy McGuinness introduced the jocular granddad as ‘Bill from Liverpool’.
“I wasn’t naïve enough to think I was going to find the love of my life in such a short space of time,” said widower Bill.
“It would have been lovely had it happened. But I was realistic enough not to build my hopes up.”
At least Bill impressed sufficiently on a special over 50’s version of the show, featuring a ‘flirty thirty’ line-up of golden girls, to secure a three-day trip to Tenerife, Take Me Out’s mythical island of Fernando.
Left with a choice of two ladies to accompany him, scuba diving loving Bill picked Lesley.
“It was interesting meeting Lesley and she was very nice,” he explained. “But there was no second date.
“It would be nice to have some companionship. I like going to the pictures and I’m keen on dancing. So, it’s always better to have someone to share things with.”
Father of two Bill has been single since the sudden death of wife, Jennie, during a trip to Paris in 2014.
So, when an email landed from the show’s production company last autumn inviting him to an audition in Manchester, he readily accepted.
“I knew of the programme because I’d seen bits while flicking through the channels,” he admitted. “But I wasn’t a regular viewer.
“But I’m thrilled to bits to have been on the show even though I’m not really a regular watcher.”
Bill successfully passed his screen tests and was then filmed with his family walking round Castleshaw Reservoirs, brief shots shown in the final edit.
He was also taken to the Blue Planet aquarium at Ellesmere Port to film him swimming with sharks.
The show itself is recorded in front of a studio audience at a south coast of England location.
“I think I upset Paddy McGuinness,” chuckled Bill. “When he asked me to write down my ‘love at first light’ I just put ‘Help.’
But there was confusion among some watching the show on Saturday, June 9, when he was introduced as ‘Bill from Liverpool’.
“They wanted to call me ‘Bill from Manchester rather than Saddleworth even though I have lived here for 32 years,’” he revealed.
“I said if I couldn’t be from Saddleworth then I’d be Bill from Liverpool where I was brought up.”
Bill, a part-time HGV lorry driver, might not have been hit by cupid’s arrow. But he has enjoyed 15 minutes in the spotlight.
“I recently went to Birmingham to do a delivery,” he explained. “Someone recognised me and next thing everyone was taking selfies.
“I’m thrilled to bits to have been on the show and I certainly have no regrets.”