Dating agnecies

22 Jan

There's still a stigma about women going out into bars or restaurants, and I'm not the sort of person who could book a table for one and sit in a corner. I'd rather not go out at all if that's all I could manage socially. That's when my friend suggested I try a dating agency. I was given six names and the last of the six turned out to be my future husband, Colin. I call it fate, but yes, there is an element of chance there.One man they set me up with lived over three hours away by car which was unfeasible.When I met another date, I thought I'd been set up by Jeremy Beadle.I joined quite a large dating agency three years ago, two years after I broke up with my husband, and I was given the whole glossy brochure treatment with a couple on the cover looking incredibly in love.They promised to find me my perfect match, and wanted to know what my interests were, how far I'd want to travel and all sorts.

I'm bubbly and fun and people tell me I'm quite attractive and I look at people who've found love and think, "why have I been so unlucky? I've been to singles clubs that are a waste of time.

They're full of grotty men who are already drunk by the time you get there, and a lot of them are married.

Your personalised matches will be made without revealing your surname, photo, workplace or other personal details.

YESBARBARA KINGAN 46 MY EXPERIENCE is that dating agencies are a complete waste of money - that's why this week I turned to a PR agency to find me romance.

I remember Valentine's Day when I was 37: I'd just moved into a new house, bought brand new furniture, and should have felt happy. I called him on the Monday, met him on the Friday, and two weeks later we were engaged! But even if I hadn't met Colin, a dating agency would have been well worth the money for me.

For example, I met one perfectly nice bloke - very clever, polite, and friendly.

NO SUE FENTON 40 I KNOW, hand on heart, that if I hadn't signed up for a dating agency I'd be on my own now, instead of happily married.