Fans of First Dates were left in awe as 76-year-old Deanna rocked up to the restaurant with a trolley-full of snacks.

The adorable pensioner showered restaurant manager Fred Sirieix with a selection of old peoples’ sweet treats, including that red-boxed shortbread and hard-boiled sweets.

Deanna, episode 1 of First Dates season 11 is all about you…

FIRST DATES - pensioner Deanna

FIRST DATES – pensioner Deanna

Meet Deanna

Deanna was a bright and bubbly character, full of energy and life.

She wheeled her way into the First Dates restaurant, instantly catching Fred’s eye with her cute little trolley and effortless French accent.

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

“I’ve Done Four”

As far as small talk goes, barman and cocktail specialist Merlin has heard it all over his five years on the show.

However, hearing that the 76-year-old pensioner sat in front of him was about to embark on her fourth speed awareness course was probably a first.

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

“They’re From Waitrose”

Our favourite moment came when the pocket-rocket 4ft 6 grandmother opened her trolley-full of goodies.

First, Deanna said to Fred: “I’ve got all sorts of bits and pieces because I think your face is getting a bit thinner. But I am pleased you took some of the beard off.”

She then proceeded to pile up her gifts, including multipacks of Cheese and Onion and Salt and Vinegar Walkers crisps, along with shortbread, biscuits and sweets.

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Deanna and Alex

Deanna met 73-year-old Alex, who adorably referred to heading into London as “going into town”.

A mechanic by profession, Deanna swooned over Alex’s knowledge of fast cars as the date moved along at a hurtling pace.

Big Al even had a few timeless dad jokes…

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna

Heart-wrenching Story

Deanna opened up about having two marriages over her life, with her second divorce coming more than 20 years ago.

Likewise, Alex was married once, although his wife passed away when she was 44 due to a heart attack.

Alex said that his children had helped him through life ever since.

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna and Alex

Screen Shot: First Dates season 11, Channel 4, Deanna and Alex

Because you would curl up together. (Now) you just lay there and think about things.

The pair decided not to see each other again although Deanna bowed out saying that she “still believed in love”.

Hopefully, one day, she will find it yet again.

 

WATCH FIRST DATES EVERY MONDAY ON CHANNEL 4, AT 10 PM.