Vera Lynn offering Hester Goldstein a piece of cake, 1949.
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Vera Lynn and nine-year-old Hester Goldstein at a Christmas party for men, women and child victims of infantile paralysis. The party was held on 11 December 1949 in Seymour Hall, Marylebone, London. The attendees came from all over the UK and were driven to London in Red Cross ambulances. Vera Lynn, originally Vera Margaret Lewis (1917-), began singing in working men's clubs at the age of seven. In 1935 she made her first radio broadcast. She went on to become the most popular female vocalist in Britain and earned a reputation as the 'Forces' Sweetheart' with British Forces overseas during World War II. Created a Dame of the British Empire in 1975, she is particularly remembered for singing the wartime classic 'We'll Meet Again'.