Madrid teacher hires detective to find Fringe love

Silvia Messa searching for a man she met briefly during the  Festival. Picture: contributed
Silvia Messa searching for a man she met briefly during the Festival. Picture: contributed
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IT was a brief encounter which Spaniard Silvia Messa remembers like yesterday, her heart longing for the day their eyes will meet again.

She, a retired lovelorn teacher from Madrid on holiday during the festival. He, a 52-year-old divorced man from the North East of England who looked a bit like the BBC’s Brian Taylor.

Their eyes met across the crowds at Edinburgh University’s Warrender Park Halls of Residence and Cupid’s arrow was fired.

They enjoyed one magical evening together before going their separate ways into the night with a whispered ­promise to meet again.

That night was 14-years-ago and Silvia has refused to give up her search for her all-to-brief beau ever since.

A lost e-mail address extinguished the flames of romance, with Silvia instead spending thousands of pounds returning to Edinburgh ever year in the hope of once again meeting her one true love. She has no photograph or even a name to guide her, just the image etched in her heart. She has hired a private investigator in a last desperate attempt to find the man she calls ‘Geordie’.

Silvia, 64, said: “We got friendly and socialised and it was apparent that there was a ‘thing’ between Geordie and I.

“I found him to be very elegant and if I could place someone who he looks like I would say the chap, Brian Taylor, from BBC Scotland, who does political reports from Holyrood.” She added: “I have religiously attended the Fringe which I thoroughly enjoy but deep down I am hoping that Geordie will also be there and that hopefully it could be the continuation of a very short relationship.”

Silvia met ‘Geordie’ in August 1999 before taking in a classical music concert in the Usher Hall. She recalls her dream lover as being from the about 6ft of medium build with silver/greying hair and with no children. At the end of the evening they exchanged e-mail addresses but when Silvia returned to Madrid she found she had lost the scrap of paper.

Her hunt hasn’t been entirely fruitless though as she is certain she caught a glimpse of him at Pollock Halls last year.

She said: ”I was in the reception speaking with a member of staff when in walked Geordie with a suitcase, not wishing to be rude I continued my conversation as I was confident that he was only a few metres away. But when I turned he was nowhere to be seen, I searched the area but could not find him.”

Private detective Keith Coventry, of Pegasus Investigations, said: “It may seem a needle in a haystack but I’ve found people in the past with less. Silvia is a big believer in what will be will be and that if you don’t try then you’ll never know.”

Do you have any information that could help Silvia in her bid to find her lost love? If so then contact Keith at:

Not the city’s first lovelorn visitor

THIS isn’t the Capital’s first love quest, Philip McLoughlin, from St Helen’s, employed the services of a private detective to help track a woman he met in a city nightclub in 2000.

He was working as a joiner on the renovation of the Black Bull pub in the Grassmarket when he met Isobel at the Cavendish nightclub in Tollcross.

When the night ended she gave him a single black glove and just her first name, telling him that if he WAS serious, he must find her and hand back the glove.

But the plot went wrong when he lost his beloved’s phone number.

He returned to the Capital many times in the hopes of bumping into her, however his search proved to be in vain.