It may have been 20 years since the Second World War had ended but these pictures offered a snapshot of the great affection in which this iconic singer and entertainer continued to be held in Watford and beyond – a popularity that was to remain until she died four years ago.

These images from our archive were taken by a Watford Observer photographer on October 27, 1965 when Vera Lynn visited Watford to attend a United Charities Bazaar.

The ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’, who gave outdoor concerts to British troops in Egypt, India and Burma during the war and was best known for the classic song We’ll Meet Again, clearly appeared to be enjoying herself as she mingled with people at the fete and made some purchases of her own.

Looking for a bargain..Looking for a bargain.. (Image: Watford Observer)

Dame Vera died in 2020, aged 103, but she remained a prominent figure in national life well into this century, appearing at a VE Day concert in Trafalgar Square in 2005 and four years later she became the oldest living artist to have a No. 1 in the British album chart.

The 'Forces' Sweetheart' was enjoying her visitThe 'Forces' Sweetheart' was enjoying her visit (Image: Watford Observer)

All smiles for the cameraAll smiles for the camera (Image: Watford Observer)

Meeting the mayorMeeting the mayor (Image: Watford Observer)