Nigel Jones

What Britain owed to Gracie Fields

The Rochdale lass who sang her way from music hall to the silver screen encouraged a spirit of resilience and community in the interwar years, says Simon Heffer

Gracie Fields lays the first stone for the new Prince of Wales Theatre in Coventry Street, London, in 1937. [Getty Images]

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