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A student in Liverpool managed to find love after sending paper aeroplanes that said 'marry me' to an attractive neighbour, showing that younger generations don't just have to turn to Tinder, Hinge or Bumble to find love. Watch below:
Francesca Burrin, 20, had been revising earlier this year when she spotted a rugby ball being thrown up and down in someone else's garden, later seeing the person responsible was Joe Pearce, 21.
Anatomy and human biology student Francesca, who had just come out of a long-term relationship, said she'd seen videos on TikTok encouraging women to 'shoot their shot', so began trying to get Joe's attention - wolf-whistling, knocking on the window and sending him notes in a bid for the 'rugby boy' to notice her.
She even pinned up a sign on her window telling him her Snapchat username, and three days later Joe finally added her account, coolly asking her: "You must be the neighbour then?"
The pair chatted online for a while before Francesca and her housemates met Joe and his friends for drinks, and eventually the two began dating.
With the couple now having celebrated two months together, Francesca hopes to inspire other women to have the confidence to look for romance outside of dating apps.
Francesca, who is originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, said: "When I spotted him, I was attracted to the fact he was sporty and tall. I found him good looking.
"It got to the point where every time we were upstairs, we'd look outside the window to see if [her neighbours] were there.
"They eventually caught on once we started knocking and whistling and stuff.
"They lapped up the attention but pretended they weren't interested, but then we finally met them.
"When I tell people how we met, they can't believe it because everything nowadays is the usual Tinder or Hinge.
"It's good because on TikTok it's encouraging girls to just shoot their shot. I'd usually be too scared to do that."
After making contact in February, Francesca and Joe talked for a couple of months and followed each other on Instagram.
She continued: "We eventually met in May and went for some drinks. Jasmeena, my flat mate, matched with Joe's housemate on Tinder and he said, 'Why don't you and the girls come out for some drinks?'
"We all got on really well but me and Joe didn't get to chat that much. Then he asked me for a couple of drinks the next day then we got on really well."
The pair then started dating and were even forced into self-isolating together after Francesca caught coronavirus, with Joe temporarily moving in.
While they're no longer neighbours, as Francesca has since moved house, they've moved onto bigger and better things - having officially become an item in mid-June.
Joe, who is from Newport in Wales, said he enjoyed watching Francesca and her friends spying on him from their house, admitting they 'weren't the most subtle'.
He said: "Me and the boys used to go out in the back garden and mess about when it was hot. We'd always be out there.
"We clocked a few times that blinds would twitch on a window on the opposite side of us. Eventually we caught on and we'd look over, then their heads would disappear.
"In the end we used to know and pretend we weren't paying attention, then eventually we caught their four heads and they disappeared. It was quite funny.
"One day she put that note in the window and me and the boys saw it. We fell about laughing - it was funny.
"One of the boys threw a note over their wall but I can't remember what was in it. I think it was raining and can't remember what it was.
"I decided to add her on Snapchat. I had an idea what she wanted - it was a bit obvious. A big note in the window kind of says it - it wasn't the most subtle.
"We didn't really speak much, then we were out one night drunk and the boys were on at me to get them out. They came out and met us, then that was it.
"We'd just got together - then the next day, just as I went back to my house, Francesca text me saying, 'I just got a positive Covid test.'
"I didn't want to stay in the house so she said, 'You might as well come and isolate with me.'
"I was straight back in the back garden with my bag then.
"We've been together about two and a half months now and things are going well."
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