Dame Vera Lynn the ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’ has died at the age of 103. Dame Vera was the voice of hope for many Britains during the Second World War as she lifted spirits with songs such as “We Will Meet Again”, which she performed to troops on the front line in countries including India and Egypt.
Her family confirmed the her death in a statement on Thursday morning and said they were “deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers”.
PM Boris Johnson tweeted “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.”
Her wartime classic “We Will Meet Again” was referenced by the Queen in her April address when speaking about the struggle families and loved ones were going through apart from each other due to COVID-19.
Labour leader, Keir Starmer tweeted “RIP Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces’ Sweetheart. Her songs still speak to the nation in 2020 just as they did in 1940.”
Dame Vera, who had sold more than a million records by the age of 22, was also remembered for singing The White Cliffs Of Dover, There’ll Always Be An England, I’ll Be Seeing You, Wishing and If Only I Had Wings.