10 fun facts for Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2015 by The Co-operative Food 35750

1. Saint Valentine is thought to have been a 3rd-century Roman bishop who was executed by Emperor Claudius II for performing secret weddings for soldiers and their sweethearts (who weren’t allowed to marry during wartime). While in prison, the bishop is said to have written a note to the jailer’s daughter signing it, ‘from your Valentine’.

2. Richard Cadbury, of the famous chocolate-making family, is credited with having created the first heart-shaped box of chocolates in the late 1800s. A talented artist, he designed the boxes for romantic Victorians to keep trinkets in once the chocolates had been eaten.

3. A staggering 350,000 roses are sold in the run-up to Valentine’s Day at The Co-operative Food stores.

4. If a romantic dinner for two is a bit old-school, you could always consider something a bit different. Last year, the London Aquarium offered a VIP Shark Feeding experience!

5. Love-struck diners can still be savvy thanks to discount voucher sites. More than 150,000 restaurant vouchers were downloaded from one site alone in the fortnight before Valentine’s Day 2012.

6. The average British man spends £39.57 on Valentine’s Day gifts, while women spend around half as much but buy the most cards. Well, it’s the thought that counts.

7. Voted Britain’s most romantic hotspot, the London Eye has been the venue for more than 5,000 marriage proposals.

8. Around one billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged around the world. For an extra romantic touch, the US city of Loveland (yes, honestly) runs a special re-mailing service. Teams of volunteers living in the ‘sweetheart city’ stamp the envelopes with a Loveland postmark then forward them to recipients worldwide.

9. Verona – the Italian city where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet lived – marks Valentine’s Day by choosing the most beautifully written love letters. Every year, Juliet’s house receives around 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet with stories of love (all of which receive replies written by volunteers), and the best authors are invited to Verona on 14 February as guests of the city.

10. The Co-operative Food has some cute ideas for Valentine’s Day. Check out your local store for a Loved By Us jelly hearts gift bag or the Truly Irresistible ultimate chocolate box. And if you can’t decide between flowers or sweets, then offer the best of both worlds with our milk chocolate rose!

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