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An agent from Hays Travel has appeared on ITV dating show Take Me Out – and landed himself a date.

James Rix, also known as Rixy, came down the love lift on Saturday and, with the help of host Paddy McGuinness, hoped to get a date with one of the 30 female contestants.

“The whole experience was so surreal and amazing but I loved it. It was a once in a lifetime experience.

“I made so many friends from the show and Paddy is such a genuine guy too.

“It was filmed last year so we have been waiting quite a while for it but finally seeing it was fantastic.”

The travel consultant has worked for Hays Travel for two years and currently works at its Crossgates branch in Leeds.

James made it through two rounds on the show to win a date with Crystal and trip to the infamous Isle of Fernando’s – a secret location on one of the Canary Islands.

“There was no romance in the end but the trip to Fernando’s was excellent. Me and Crystal are just good mates now and stay in touch by text.

“I actually met my now girlfriend a week after coming back from the show!”

The show also featured a video of James at his previous Hays Travel store in Castleford.

James could be seen working at his desk with an offer for the Isle of Fernando’s in the window. He was also given a supportive message from store manager Laura Garner.

Jane Schumm, Hays Travel retail and training director, said: “Everyone at Hays Travel has been really excited waiting to see James appear on Take Me Out this weekend! James is a valued member of the team who has been with us two years now. He has a wonderful, lively personality and a big repeat customer base!”