Dame Vera Lynn: the stars pay tribute to the singer who ” has been an inspiration to us all “


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Sir Cliff Richard on Dame Vera Lynn: “A great singer, a wife, patriotic, and a true icon. “

Of singers-including Sir Cliff Richard and Katherine Jenkins has paid tribute to Dame Vera Lynn, died at the age of 103 years.

Sir Cliff, who has produced with it on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of victory day in 1995, stated that it was ” a great singer, a wife, patriotic, and a true icon “.

Jenkins, whose virtual duo was seen at the recent 75th anniversary, said that his voice ” has comforted millions of people “.

Michael Ball said that she was ” an inspiration to us all “, adding: “We shall meet again never more “.

He wrote that ” his talent was so rare and special.”

Elaine Paige wrote on Twitter that she was “very upset to hear the sad news,” and published photos, including one of herself with Dame Vera.

“The survivors tended to the hand”

In a statement, Sir Cliff spoke of his “best memories, and favorite” to have shared the stage with the singer known as the Sweetheart of the Forces in front of Buckingham Palace in 1995.

“We walked up to the stage through a crowd of survivors of this war, and they tended the hand to touch and get a smile from Vera “, he remembers.

“I heard the words … ‘God bless you’ … ‘Thank you’ … ‘We love you’ to their own cherished Forces! A great singer, a wife, patriotic, and a true icon.

“I’m happy to use the words called during this wonderful day. Vera, thank you, God bless you and I love you too. Rest in peace, very deserved. “

“She knew what people needed to hear”

Jenkins, in which the duo appeared on the cover of the anniversary of VE Day from the BBC in may, added: “I cannot simply not have the words to explain how much I loved this wonderful lady.

“His voice has comforted millions of people in their darkest hours, his songs have filled the hearts of the nation of hope and his performance moving, whether at home or abroad, then or now, have helped to make us pass.

“It is she who has selected the sentiments of his songs – she knew instinctively what people needed to hear, how do we reconcile the moral and his mind and his strength have created the soundtrack of a generation.

“There will never be another Dame Vera Lynn. The sweetheart of the Forces and our sweetheart. An icon. A legend. An inspiration. My mentor and my friend. You’ll be a lot to miss me and I know that we’ll meet again one sunny day. ”

Alfie Boe, one of the younger generations of singers appeared on an album released for the 100th anniversary of Dame Vera in 2017, said: “It was a real pleasure to sing with her – an honor that I will treasure for always. “

Aled Jones, who also appeared on this album, echoed these sentiments.

Prime minister Boris Johnson said that the charm and the magical voice of Dame Vera have delighted and raised our country to some of our darkest hours, while the war veteran, captain Tom Moore, recalled how she “had a huge impact on me” when he served in Burma as Myanmar.

The lyricist Sir Tim Rice has also paid tribute, saying: “Dame Vera Lynn was one of the greatest singers popular british of all times, not only because of his voice, immaculate, warm, sincere, immediately recognizable and impeccable on the musical level.

“It will be remembered with as much affection for his vital work during the Second world War and for its own charitable foundations over the past 75 years. A link with time safer has been irrevocably broken. ”

The director-general of the BBC, Tony Hall, has said that she ” had shown how music and entertainment can bring joy in the most difficult moments “.

BBC One will broadcast a programme-a special tribute at 19: 30 BST on Thursday, and BBC Radio 2’s repeat of a special edition of The People’s Songs on his anthem We’ll meet again at 21: 00 BST on Sunday.

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