Shirley dedicated this photograph ‘to mum and dad’ on the back. She learnt to perform as a singer and dancer at an early age. While working as a secretary for the Dunlop Company in Speke during the late 1940s she performed with the BBC Orchestra on radio. 'With a Song in My Heart' became her signature song. Further work over the years took her all over UK in theatre and 'Workers Playtime' radio broadcasts.