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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th May 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Adv of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim)
25th May 1878 Gilbert/Sullivans opera HMS Pinafore, premieres in London
Vera Lynn was born here
Vera Lynn, the Forces Sweetheart, was born here.
Location: Thackeray Road, East Ham, London
Description: Dame Vera Lynn was born Vera Welch on 20 March 1917, here in Thackeray Road, East Ham. She was singing in Working Mans Clubs at the age of seven, and joined a dancing troupe when she was 15. Her first broadcast was in 1935, singing with the Joe Loss Orchestra. She was mostly known for her huge wartime nostalgic hits like The White Cliffs of Dover. She was known as The Forces Sweetheart.