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In fact, despite Stella's unhappiness, the couple remained married for 14 years, during which time Stella fell pregnant, aged 38, with the couple's daughter, Emma.

By then working as a journalist on her local newspaper in Sheffield, where the couple had settled, Stella knew she would be unable to continue with her career but, with a stultifying marriage, was aware she needed something else to distract her.

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.

Those Stella has helped over the years include television personalities - although Stella is resolutely declines to name them - and members of the aristocracy.

It is the ordinary folk, however, of whom she is most proud, and whose thank-you letters she treasures.

"I didn't really have the foggiest idea what I was doing," she says now.

I was very young and we'd never spent any proper time together.Marriage bureaux were still in their infancy and, bound by the sexually conservative mores of the time, Stella found it difficult to gain publicity: in the early Sixties, few newspapers were willing to publish her ads, fearful they were linked with the sex industry.In order to surmount this opposition, Stella had to get personal references from her local MP and the Bishop of Lincoln.In almost half a century of romantic busybodying, nearly 20,000 people have passed through her books - from Bluebell girls and businessmen to beauty queens and barristers.There have been hundreds of weddings and, today, in a world of speeddating and internet romance, she still has around 400 clients of all ages hoping Stella's personal touch can help find them their Mr or Miss Right.

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