Singer, Dame Vera Lynn, sadly passed away this morning, aged 103. She was famous for keeping up the morale of Britain and its troops during the Second World War, with classics such as The White Cliffs Of Dover, There’ll Always Be An England, I’ll Be Seeing You, Wishing and If Only I Had Wings.
A statement published by Lynn’s reps read: “The family 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, 18 June 2020, surrounded by her close family.”
Earlier this year, ahead of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Dame Vera spoke of remembering “the brave boys and what they sacrificed for us”.
Captain Tom Moore has posted a message on his Twitter with his condolences saying: “A real shame, I really thought Vera Lynn would live longer she’s been speaking so well on TV recently. She had a huge impact on me in Burma and remained important to me throughout my life. My thoughts are with Dame Vera Lynn’s family at this sad time.”
Captain Tom caught the attention of the nation back in April when he raised millions for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. His fundraiser surpassed even his own expectations, garnering more than £20 million in donations and even receiving gratitude from the Queen, who gave him the honourary title of Colonel Tom Moore as a gesture of thanks for his incredible work.
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