A question of love

Charlotte KnowlesCharlotte Knowles

Wanstead resident and actress Charlotte Knowles – best known for her role as a waitress on Channel 4's First Dates – continues her series of speed dating events this month with a quiz-themed evening.

Internet dating can move over... it's time to bring back the classic 'let's have a real face-to-face conversation and a drink!' After two hugely successful speed dating events in Wanstead – 12 beautiful matches were made in August – I'm back. Charlotte, the Queen of Hearts, bringing people together to find their one true love or even a new best friend.

My last speed dating event came with a twist. I wanted to instil confidence back into people who had lost hope on the dating path. Making people feel beautiful is an important part of that journey. So, I teamed up with Woodford Green-based dental practice Improve Your Smile and the exciting Enigma Beauty Clinic to help me give one lucky lady a head-to-toe makeover. The lucky winner was pulled from a hat.

I have been terribly dismayed after listening to so many lovely ladies and their stories on how they have had awful experiences with relationships and how today's dating had changed so much that it felt totally alien. They had lost confidence, not only in themselves but, more tragically, in love itself.

I know it sounds cheesy but love really does make the world go round. A loving partner can change your life. These ladies were strong, independent business women but felt scared when it came to dating. I wanted to say 'But how? You're beautiful and intelligent.'

So, I decided if I could help even just one lady in any way, however small, then I would. Oh, and what wonderful transformations!

However, it must be said, I could not have done it without the support and amazing work from the staff at Improve Your Smile and the beauty therapists at Enigma. Their dedication, work and belief has been very humbling. They have worked their magic consistently time and again.

My next event is this month. The question is, do you have brains as well as beauty? Are you feeling quizzical? Do you have all the answers when all around you is lost for words? If this is you, and you're looking for your missing puzzle piece, then you need to join my fun quiz and speed dating evening. We will begin with a glass of bubbly. When everyone is ready, participants will receive a name badge and scoring card. Each five-question round will last 20 minutes, after which the gentlemen will move on to their next table of ladies.

I am a true romantic at heart and believe everyone should have their special someone. Falling in love consists merely of uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense. No one ever fell in love without being a little bit brave.

Charlotte's speed dating event will take place at The Manor House, 129 High Street, Wanstead on 18 October from 7.30pm to 10pm (tickets: £20). Visit wavidi.co/qzdate


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