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“The room was filled with GIs – some playing pool, some jostling for control of the jukebox, and others taking doughnuts from a silver machine in the corner – while half a dozen young women rushed around serving them. ‘So, what can I do?’ Sylvia asked, keen to get stuck in.”

Sylvia was volunteering at a Red Cross Club in the West End when she met a charismatic Irish-American called Bob. He swept her off her feet and convinced her to fly to America to marry him after the war. But living with Bob’s gambling relatives proved a nightmare, and in desperation Sylvia ran away to England, giving Bob an ultimatum…

Listen to Sylvia remembering her wedding day in Baltimore

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Listen to Sylvia’s appearance on BBC London’s Robert Elms Show, 27 August 2013 (in two parts)

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