Dame Vera Lynn, now in her mid nineties, was born Vera Margaret Welch in London’s East Ham.
At just seven years old she was singing in clubland and took her grandmother’s name, Lynn, before reaching her teens.
She sang with a juvenile group before signing up with bandleader, Howard Baker. Her first record, ‘It’s Home’ was followed with ‘Red Sails in the Sunset’ which set Vera on the road to stardom.
She became the most popular female vocalist with servicemen the world over. Even when the BBC told Vera in 1949 that her style was outdated she went on from strength to strength on both sides of the Atlantic. Awarded the OBE in 1968, she was made a Dame in 1975. She was the Nation’s Sweetheart, a title richly deserved.