Vera Lynn dead: Boris Johnson thanks magical voice for lifting country in darkest hour

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Dame Vera’s family announced her death in a statement this morning. The Prime Minister paid tribute to the singer, who performed for troops during the Second World War, in a post on Twitter.

Mr Johnson said: “Dame Vera Lynn’s charm and magical voice entranced and uplifted our country in some of our darkest hours.

“Her voice will live on to lift the hearts of generations to come.”

In a statement, Dame Vera’s family said they were “deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers at the age of 103”.

They added: “Dame Vera Lynn, who lived in Ditchling, East Sussex, passed away earlier today, 18 June 2020, surrounded by her close family.

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Boris Johnson has paid tribute to Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn following her death (Image: PA/GETTY)

Dame Vera’s family announced her death in a statement this morning.

“Further information regarding a memorial service will be announced at a later date.”

Tributes poured in for Dame Vera following the announcement.

Mr Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds said she would be “playing her music” today.

She tweeted: “Very sad. Will be playing her music here today. RIP.”

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The Prime Minister paid tribute to the singer, who performed for troops during the Second World War, in a post on Twitter.

The Royal British Legion said: “We are incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Dame Vera Lynn, an unforgettable British icon, symbol of hope to the Armed Forces community past and present, and much loved longstanding Legion supporter.

“Our thoughts are with her loved ones.”

Singer Katherine Jenkins, who released a duet with Dame Vera of her wartime song We’ll Meet Again in April to raise money for NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic, said: “I simply cannot find the words to explain just how much I adored this wonderful lady.

“Her voice brought comfort to millions in their darkest hours, her songs filled the nation’s hearts with hope, and her emotive performances, whether home or abroad, then or now, helped to get us through.

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“It was she who chose the sentiments of her songs – she knew instinctively what people needed to hear, how to rally the morale and her spirit and strength created the soundtrack of a generation.

“There will never be another Dame Vera Lynn. Forces’ Sweetheart and our sweetheart. An icon. A legend. An inspiration. My mentor and my friend. I will miss you greatly and I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.”

Broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted: “Oh no…. what terribly sad news. Dame Vera Lynn has died, aged 103.

“A magnificent woman who rallied our country when we most needed it. The Forces sweetheart. The Nation’s sweetheart. RIP.”

Dame Vera performed for troops during the war, often at great personal risk, in countries including Egypt, India and Burma.

NHS fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore said on Twitter: “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.”

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”.

She also encouraged the country to “rediscover that same spirit that saw us through the war” amid the coronavirus pandemic in a special message before she turned 103 in March.

And the Queen referenced Dame Vera’s song in an address to the nation when she said: “We will meet again.”

Dame Vera’s other songs include The White Cliffs Of Dover, There’ll Always Be An England, I’ll Be Seeing You, Wishing and If Only I Had Wings.

The entertainer was born in East Ham, east London, on March 20 1917.

She performed for troops during the war, often at great personal risk, in countries including Egypt, India and Burma.


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