The death of World War 2 singer Dame Vera Lynn at the age of 103 sparked widespread commotion, with celebrities and politicians paying tribute to the wartime icon. The family of Dame Vera Lynn, whose song We’ll Meet Again became an anthem of resilience during the war, confirmed she had passed away on Thursday. Historial Dr Helen Fry admitted to feeling “incredibly sad” at the news as she praised Dame Vera for her pivotal historic role.
Speaking to BBC News, Dr Fry said: “It’s incredibly sad. It doesn’t matter what age these veterans die, they still touch our heart.
“I felt a twinge of sadness, she’s a national icon.”
She continued: “I think her biggest legacy is raising the morale not only of the armed forces right across, not only in Europe but also the Far East but also the nation.
“We struggled at a time, particularly in the early part of the war, the nation survival was on the line and she gave hope, she gave us resilience.”
Dame Vera Lynn died aged 103 on Thursday
Dame Vera Lynn played a pivotal role by raising morale during WW2
“She was sort of the spirit of Churchill in a way, gave us that strength that saw us through some of the darkest moments of that war.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson led the tributes to Dame Vera Lynn with a tweet saying: “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.”
The Prime Minister’s partner Carrie Symonds also paid tribute to the Forces’ sweetheart, writing: “Very sad. Will be playing her music here today. RIP.”
Dame Vera Lynn pictured entertaining RAF pilots during the war
Captain Tom Moore, who engaged in a playful battle for the top of the charts with Dame Vera earlier this year, offered his condolences to the family as he recounted the “huge impact” her work had had while he served during WW2.
Captain Moore said: “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.”
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Dame Vera Lynn had recently re-recorded her song ‘We’ll meet again’ amidst the coronavirus outbreak
Conservative MP Robert Halfon commented: “One of the greatest Britons of the last hundred years.”
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner also wrote: “Entertainer Dame Vera Lynn has died at the age of 103, her morale-boosting songs were legendary during WW2.
“A beautiful person who will be sadly missed by all her knew her, sending my deepest condolences to Dame Vera Lynn’s family and friends.”
Dame Vera had returned to the spotlight after she joined forces with Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkyns to re-record her iconic ‘We’ll meet again’ song to boost morale during the lockdown.