A former employment lawyer has started her own dating agency in north Norfolk.

Annabel de Capell Brooke, who lives near Thursford, has launched a bespoke and discreet matchmaking agency called Norfolk Cupid.

She went through a "really, really tough" divorce 14 years ago when her children were just six, four and two.

Since then, she has tried meeting people but quickly realised modern dating sites do not align with the needs of professional people who are "giving it another go" later in life.

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Fakenham & Wells Times: She went through a 'really, really tough' divorce 14 years agoShe went through a 'really, really tough' divorce 14 years ago (Image: Annabel de Capell Brooke)

"When you’re a professional person with good finances, a job, family and friends and maybe a dog, you might hate the idea of having your pictures and information out there on a public forum," she said.

With Norfolk Cupid, no personal information is made public and everyone has access to a "totally bespoke" service.

"I will – within reason – do whatever people need," she said.

"I’ll offer coaching before dates for those who are more nervous, help with planning outfits and I'll be honest with people when I need to.

"I'm a combination of a big sister and a critical best friend - I support them as much as I can because you’re playing with peoples’ emotions in this industry."

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Fakenham & Wells Times: She aims to be 'a combination of a big sister and a critical best friend'She aims to be 'a combination of a big sister and a critical best friend' (Image: Annabel de Capell Brooke)

The Norfolk Cupid process begins with an initial interview for Ms de Capell Brooke to learn all about the client and their wants and needs.

The matchmaker then searches her database for suitable partners and arranges a first date for the pair.

Afterwards, she takes on feedback from both parties to relay, avoiding the need for awkward conversations at the end of the night.

Alongside starting the business, she is training for an accredited course with the Association of British Introduction Agencies.

More information can be found on the Norfolk Cupid website and Instagram page.