Dame Vera Lynn dead: Forces Sweetheart dies aged 103

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Dame Vera Lynn has sadly died (Picture: AFP)

Forces Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn has died at the age of 103 years.

His family released a statement Thursday (18.05.2020) saying they were “deeply saddened” to confirm the artist adopted earlier this morning.

A statement read: “The family are deeply saddened to announce the death of one of Britain’s best-loved artists of the show at the age of 103 years.

“Dame Vera Lynn, who has lived in Ditchling, East Sussex, died earlier today, June 18, 2020, and surrounded by his close family.’

The singer was well known for performing songs The White Cliffs Of Dover, there’ll Always be An England, and I’ll See You, as she entertained the troops morale-boosting visits to the front line during the Second World War.

Earlier this year, ahead of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Dame Vera spoke of the memory of ” the brave boys, and what they have sacrificed for us.”


The artist became known as the Forces Sweetheart (Photo: Stephen Pover/REX/Shutterstock)
Dame Vera is known for playing pieces, including The White Cliffs Of Dover (Photo: AP)

The Queen referenced in the title of one of Dame Vera’s most beloved time of the war of the songs when she said the country, separated from their families and friends during the coronavirus lockdown: “We will meet again.’

Dame Vera is known for also singing that wish and If Only I Had Wings, in order to help raise British spirits during the campaign.

She once said: “My songs reminded the boys of what they were really fighting.

Precious, personal items, rather than ideologies and theories.’

The singer later, he had his own tv show and toured the world, while she remained a staunch supporter of former members of the military throughout his life.

In May, for FIVE Days, she said: “They have left their families and homes to fight for our freedom and many have lost their lives trying to protect us and our freedoms.’

Dame Vera has also encouraged the British public to “rediscover the same spirit that saw us through the war” in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, in a special message before she turned 103 in March.

The artist was born in East Ham, east London, on March 20, 1917, and went on to perform for the troops during the war, often at great personal risk, in countries such as Egypt, India and Burma.

In May of this year, Dame Vera became the oldest artist to score a top 40 album in the UK when the 103 years old, has seen his greatest hits album, 100, re-enter the chart at number 30, driven by the activities of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the victory day on 8 May.

Sharing a message of hope while in solitary confinement, she said: ‘Try and find the joy that remains, even in these difficult times, and do what you can to help each other.

“As always, keep smiling through.’

Here we see, in 2017 outside Buckingham Palace, after having been invested as a Dame Commander of the British Empire (Photo: AP)

Tributes have already started pouring in for the performer, with Sir Tim Rice, saying: “Dame Vera Lynn was one of the greatest ever British singers popular, not only due to her immaculate voice, warm, sincere, immediately recognizable and musically impeccable.

“She will be remembered as fondly for his essential work in the Second World War and its own Charitable Foundations in the 75 years since. A link with more some time, and has been permanently broken.’

Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes remembered the lady for her ability to connect a nation “.

She said: “Dame Vera never lost its reality. The voice like a bell was a gift, which she shared so generously and so courageously.

“But the magic was that his personality was sincere, open, warm. Meeting her has been one of the highlights of my life.

‘She looked at you and I SAW you. And connected. It does not exist in our lives, with the exception of The Queen, who had the power to connect to a nation.

For that, she will be remembered & always with love. ”

Theatre director Roger Redfarn paid tribute to his “dear friend” as he added: “Dame Vera has been a dear friend since the early 1970s and for many years a neighbor in the village of Ditchling. All the world knows of his great voice, that through the good times and bad has thrilled millions of people.

“My father firmly believed that the Second World War was won by Sir Winston Churchill and Vera Lynn. As a friend she was the warmest and kindest people, I have never seen him angry or say a bad word of someone, people would stop in the street and she has always found time for them. She is particularly interested in our armed forces, “his boys,” as she called it.

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“His charity work, in particular young people with cerebral palsy was tireless and inspiring. There will never be someone like him again.’

The staff at Dame Vera Lynn Charity for Children, praised the late star for his work with the organization.

Pilar Cloud, chief executive officer, said: “It has always been on hand, taking advantage of participate in sessions’, singing songs with the children and setting the tone with a real determination to ensure that “her family” have never been forgotten. She is very fondly regarded by all the staff and families, and will be greatly missed by a lot of people.’

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