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Men­tor to a grate­ful young Pe­tula Clark dur­ing the war, band singer He­len Clare cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day last Christ­mas Eve at The Dorchester ho­tel in Park Lane, Lon­don. Be­hind the or­gan­i­sa­tion was Si­mon Robin­son from Colch­ester who told me He­len en­joys brows­ing our two Bri­tish dance band books which she says is like “meet­ing old friends”.

In a tele­vi­sion pro­gramme Pe­tula ex­plained how He­len, who had made her name as a singer with Jack Jack­son’s band at The Dorchester ho­tel, took Pet un­der her wing as she be­gan her sub­se­quent glit­ter­ing ca­reer while still only a very young girl. Well done ladies! You are a credit to the mu­sic pro­fes­sion.

He­len Clare in her youth and on her 100th birth­day ( be­low).

Pe­tula Clark in a wartime broad­cast ( above) and as she looks to­day.

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