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PUBLISHED: 12:40 30 July 2009 | UPDATED: 17:00 25 August 2010

A BIG surprise was in store for a visitor to a wartime show when he was re-united with the forces sweetheart and his favourite customer.

A BIG surprise was in store for a visitor to a wartime show when he was re-united with the forces' sweetheart and his favourite customer.

Ernie Witcomb, of Okehampton Crescent, Welling, was invited to a surprise lunch with Dame Vera Lynn who he used to serve when he worked for a Co-op store in the East End before the war. The singer, who was a guest of honour at the War and Peace Show in The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood last Saturday, used to be a frequent customer to the shop in Barking Road in 1936 when Mr Witcomb worked there.

He said: "Vera often sang at the Working Men's Social Club, opposite the store.

"I always made sure I served her when she came in. When she came into our store she would spend more than £1, which was a lot of money in those days. There was always a battle for the privilege of carrying her groceries out to the car."

Now 91, Ernie spent most of his working life running Witcomb Cycles, based in Deptford, and only retired from the firm - for the third time he says - a year ago. He founded the firm in 1949 with wife Lily, 94, and next year the couple celebrate 70 years of marriage.

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