The Telegraph & Argus celebrates it 150th anniversary this year and in honour of the occasion we are printing a story from our archives every day for 150 days.

Today we look at the Telegraph & Argus Tuesday, August 18, 1959: Without never having a singing lesson a twelve-year-old Pauline Matthews who loved singing had won various prizes while on holiday in Cleethorpes with her father, Mr. F. Matthews, of Marsh Street, Little Horton.

The previous year, she had won a national newspaper competition at Blackpool and still wore the 15 guinea watch she received as a prize.

In October 1962, life for the Bradford singing sensation would never be the same again as she stepped on to the stage of the Bradford Alhambra at an hour’s notice, to replace the leading lady Donna Douglas who had suddenly fallen ill.

Soon afterwards, Pauline took the professional name Kiki Dee and was making quite a hit singing with local groups in various ballrooms in Bradford and Sheffield.