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'We'll Meet Again' singer Dame Vera Lynn dies, aged 103

18 Jun, 2020 9:01pm
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Forces' Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn died surrounded by her family. Photo / Getty Images
Forces' Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn died surrounded by her family. Photo / Getty Images
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Dame Vera Lynn, who boosted morale for the British troops in the Second World War, has died, aged 103.

In a statement, her family said they are "deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain's best-loved entertainers at the age of 103".

"Dame Vera Lynn, who lived in Ditchling, East Sussex, passed away earlier today, surrounded by her close family. Further information regarding a memorial service will be announced at a later date," the family added.

Earlier this year, ahead of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Dame Vera Lynn spoke publicly about "the brave boys and what they sacrificed for us".

 
 
4th June 1942: Forces Sweetheart Vera Lynn, acting on behalf of the Variety Artistes Ladies' Guild, presented a mobile canteen to the mayor of Westminster who accepted it on behalf of the YMCA. Here she serves the first cups of tea to servicemen from the canteen, which is stationed in Trafalgar Square. Photo / Getty Images4th June 1942: Forces Sweetheart Vera Lynn, acting on behalf of the Variety Artistes Ladies' Guild, presented a mobile canteen to the mayor of Westminster who accepted it on behalf of the YMCA. Here she serves the first cups of tea to servicemen from the canteen, which is stationed in Trafalgar Square. Photo / Getty Images

The Queen quoted one of Dame Vera's most famous songs in her address to the public about families separated by coronavirus: "We will meet again".

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"My songs reminded the boys of what they were really fighting for," Dame Vera had previously said.

"Precious, personal things, rather than ideologies and theories."

She also sang other famous songs, including The White Cliffs Of Dover, There'll Always Be An England, I'll Be Seeing You, Wishing and If Only I Had Wings

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I had the pleasure and privilege of interviewing Dame Vera Lynn in 1984. What an absolute sweetie - eloquent, gracious, humble and funny. A remarkable woman whose uplifting songs kept hope alive when things were very grim in the fight against Nazism.

RIP.

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Here you go Maxi, 1984

I guess we are all a bunch of pussies over this Covid thing, in comparison to the English, and the fear that must have existed in 1940, when most probably believed it was inevitable that it was only a matter of time before Hitler was marching into London

 

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Thanks, Hesi, very timely tribute.    Was listening to the radio this morning which played a few snippets.  

I not ashamed to say it brought a lump to my throat to hear these songs again in their entirety.

 

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1 hour ago, Hesi said:

Adding a bit of NZ flavour, this will bring a lump to your throat, watch towards the end

 

Its a pity she didn't stick to singing instead of offering her view on everything as though she was the chosen one.

Nevertheless a great version of classics.

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Maxi interviewed Vera Lynn in 1984...she was ancient and iconic (in Maxi's view) then! A wonderfully warm, witty, sensible, down-to-earth LADY in the true meaning of the word. What a life! what a inspiration to so many people. RIP, sweetie.

MM

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