Dating singles at 10 000 miles
"I was fortunate that I had encountered them during my work as a journalist. Stella relied on word of mouth to get her business off the ground and by the end of 1962 she had amassed her first clients, who paid 15 guineas each (£15.75) for a year's membership.Each came for a personal interview, with Stella carefully jotting down their age, hobbies and preferences into a notebook.
It is the ordinary folk, however, of whom she is most proud, and whose thank-you letters she treasures.She matched her very first client, a shy widow in her early 40s who was looking for a new partner to help with the upbringing of her young children."I found her someone and she married shortly afterwards," she recalls.It had been a heady romance, but once married, Stella regretted the union almost immediately.
"I knew within a month that I'd made a dreadful mistake.
Fifty years ago, this woman set up Britain's first modern dating agency and created a giant industry.