Inspired by own online romance

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:27 10 June 2010

AN Exmouth couple, who met on an internet website and married a year later, have launched a free dating service to help others find love. Paul Ramsey, 33, and Joanne, 29, married last Saturday following a 12-month whirlwind romance where they spent hundre

AN Exmouth couple, who met on an internet website and married a year later, have launched a free dating service to help others find love.Paul Ramsey, 33, and Joanne, 29, married last Saturday following a 12-month whirlwind romance where they spent hundreds of pounds subscribing to an internet dating site.The pair, who had both been single for years, met online even though they both lived in Exmouth. The happy couple, who this week flew off on honeymoon to Egypt, plan to start their new life together by launching a new free dating website to help other people find their soul mates.The new website, www.itsherefreedating.com, enables people to meet for free with no hidden charges for using any aspect of the site.The couple believe it is currently the only completely free dating website online.Paul is a self-employed mortgage advisor and Joanne works as a marketing consultant. Both will be devoting their spare time to running the new website. Paul said: "We spent hundreds of pounds on dating websites finding each other and it was certainly well worth it in the end. "However, not everyone has money to spend on dating websites as they are usually so expensive, so we thought when we got married we would set up a completely free dating site for anyone to join."It has cost us quite a bit of money to set up, but ultimately we will get great satisfaction from seeing other couples meet on our website just like we did."Joanne said: "After my previous relationship broke down, I spent the past couple of years going out regularly into town with friends and on dates with different men, but I struggled so much to find someone who I could get on with that I just decided as a last resort to try a few dating websites."At first I felt quite scared and, to be honest, a little embarrassed using dating websites as none of my friends had used them. "As time has gone on it does seem that dating websites have become more socially acceptable and that was certainly the case with myself as after a few weeks some of my friends also joined." Anyone interested in joining the new website can sign up now at www.itsherefreedating.com

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