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Here is Royal Mail's list of the most romantic towns and post-code areas in the UK.
They are based on an analysis of mail volumes in the run-up to Valentine's Day - comparing the amount of post on the 6th of February with the amount on the 13th - the day before the Feast of St Valentine.
Romford (RM postcodes). 24.44% increase
Ilford (IG postcodes). 24.44% increase
East London (E postcodes). 24.44% increase
Canterbury (CT postcodes). 19.46% increase
Tonbridge (TN postcodes). 19.46% increase
Dartford (DA postcodes). 19.46% increase
Rochester (ME postcodes). 19.46% increase
Hull (HU postcodes). 17.98% increase
Derby (DE postcodes). 16.60% increase
Harrogate (HG postcodes). 15.84% increase
Leeds (LS postcodes). 15.84% increase
Wakefield (WF postcodes). 15.84% increase
Nottingham (NG postcodes). 12.91% increase
Although Essex was named the most romantic part of the UK, the towns of Kent followed in close second.
Dartford, Rochester, Canterbury and Tonbridge - which are all covered by the Medway Mail Centre - also saw a dramatic 19.46% boost in Valentine's Day mail.
Steve Molloy, Royal Mail’s Delivery Director for Essex, said:
Romford has been named the UK's 'capital of love', following research on the number of cards posted in the run-up to Valentine's Day.
The Royal Mail says the town's sorting office got the biggest boost in mail volumes ahead of the occasion last year, thanks to the loved-up couples of Essex and East London.
They sent 24.44% more mail on February 13th than on the same day a week earlier, far more than the average nationwide. Elsewhere, the uplift was a decidedly un-romantic 3.43%.
The Romford mail centre processes post from the Romford, Ilford and East London post codes.