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Postponed divorce fair goes ahead

Suzy Miller
Suzy Miller said the venue would prove welcoming atmosphere

A divorce fair, thought to be the first in the UK, is being held in Brighton next month after being postponed due of a change of venue.

Organiser of the Starting Over Show, Suzy Miller, said there would be 30 exhibitors including lawyers, child support experts and financial advisers.

The event, originally planned for last October at Brighton Racecourse, is now to be held at Barcelo Old Ship Hotel.

It is hoped about 1,000 people will attend the show on 15 March.

Ms Miller said the venue was changed to give the show a more welcoming atmosphere than was possible at the racecourse.

"The hotel has a comfy and cosy atmosphere, which I feel is so important for an event of this kind," she said.

Ms Miller, 44, from Forest Row, East Sussex, had the idea for the show after the breakdown of her own relationship six years ago left her as a single mother of three.

'Better future'

"It's time to stop expecting people going through relationship breakdowns to feel like failures," she said.

"It happens to most of us at some time or other.

"It's only right that we should not ignore others going through such life-changing situations, but try and help them and give them a vision of a better future.

"Some civil partnerships are now breaking down too.

"Since south coast towns suffer from some of the UK's highest divorce rates, Brighton is a fitting setting for our first event."

The world's first divorce fair was held in Vienna, Austria, in October 2007, under the slogan New Beginning.

It attracted about 500 people and 20 exhibitors.

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