OSWESTRY has been named Shropshire’s second most unfaithful town, a dating website has revealed.
Illicit Encounters, a nationwide dating website for married people, has compiled statistics on people in every town on the lookout for an extra-marital relationship.
And it shows that 395 married people in Oswestry are seeking an affair on the site – a staggering 4.2 per cent of the town’s married population.
The married folk of Whitchurch are most likely to have an affair with 5.2 per cent of the town’s married population signed up to the controversial website, while Telford has been highlighted as the county’s most faithful town with just 0.3 per cent of those who are married looking to play away.
Reverend Derek Hughes, from Hope Church in Oswestry, said: “I am not convinced that affairs would lead to happiness and intimacy.
“People thinking of going on the site should think about being faithful and seek to care for their own relationship. I would encourage people to re-commit themselves to their relationships and then they can go on a journey to find happiness and intimacy.”
Oswestry mayor, Chris Schofield said: “It doesn’t bode well for the future of marriage, I can’t believe the figures are this high.
“I would say to people they should think twice before they go on these sites. They can’t be in a very happy and stable relationship if they are going on it.
“It is up to people what they do but it seems that this is the world we live in. Social media has its good points but it also has bad points. I am quite taken aback at how many there are for a small town like this.”
l The number of people seeking an affair, according to the website’s figures: Shrewsbury 610; Telford 374; Whitchurch 276; Market Drayton 236
l Percentage of people looking for an affair: Whitchurch 5.2; Oswestry 4.2; Market Drayton 3.8; Shrewsbury 1.4.
To check out the figures nationally, visit www.infidelityindex.co.uk and enter the name of a town or postcode. Illicit Encounters has 850,000 members nationally.