Vera Lynn offering nine-year-old Hester Goldstein a piece of cake, 1949.
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Photograph taken at a Christmas party held on 11 December 1949 in the Seymour Hall, Marylebone, London, for men, women and children who were the victims of infantile paralysis. 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 with British Forces overseas during World War II, earning a reputation as the 'Forces' Sweetheart'. She is remembered for singing the wartime classic 'We'll Meet Again'. She was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1975.