Valentine’s Day 2019 LIVE – where to buy flowers, the best meal deals and most romantic gestures

Valentine’s Day 2019 LIVE – where to buy flowers, the best meal deals and most romantic gestures

ROSES are red, violets are blue and we’ve got tonnes of updates for you. This Valentine’s Day, we’re bringing you all the essenti

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ROSES are red, violets are blue and we’ve got tonnes of updates for you.

This Valentine’s Day, we’re bringing you all the essential info to this live blog – which we’ll be updating throughout the day.

Valentine’s Day is here – have you remembered to show your loved one you care?
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Forgotten the big day? Don’t panic, we’ve got the the best deals on flowers, meal deals and last-minute gifts so you can still sweep your loved one off their feet tonight.

Or, if you’ve not felt Cupid’s arrow recently, we’ve got the funniest Valentine’s Day fails and daft romantic gestures to cheer you up.

And we’ll also be giving you a sneak peak into how the other half live – with the latest flashy romantic gestures from some of your favourite celebs.

You never know, it could be good inspo’ for your other half – if they’re yet to shower you with roses…

The oldest surviving V-day poem was written by Charles, Duke of Orleans for his wife – when he was trapped in the Tower of London way back in 1415.

But the tradition dates back centuries before that.


Nowadays, Valentine’s Day’s all about extravagant pressies and boasting on social media, but the celebration was actually invented by the Catholic church.

Pope Gelasius I established the ‘feast of St Valentine’ way back in 496 to be celebrated on February 14, the day the saint was executed on.

According to legend, St Valentine, a priest from Rome, was jailed for secretly marrying Christian couples who were being persecuted by Emperor Claudius II in the third century AD.

While in prison, he attempted to convert the emperor to Christianity and was condemned to death.

According to some, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter while awaiting his death – and sent her a farewell letter on the day of his execution, signed “from your Valentine”.

Very romantic.

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