Captain Tom pays tribute to Dame Vera Lynn ahead of singer's funeral

Julia Hunt
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Forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn poses for photographs in central London, on October 22, 2009. Forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn on Thursday joined soprano singer Hayley Westenra for an emotional rendition of the classic wartime song We'll Meet Again to officially launch the Royal British Legion's poppy appeal. AFP PHOTO/Shaun Curry (Photo by SHAUN CURRY / AFP)        (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP via Getty Images)
Dame Vera Lynn poses for photographs in central London in 2009 (SHAUN CURRY/AFP via Getty Images)

Captain Tom Moore has said he will always have a soft spot in his heart for Dame Vera Lynn, ahead of the late singer’s funeral.

The We'll Meet Again singer - known as the Forces’ Sweetheart during WW2 - died aged 103 in June and will be laid to rest in a private service in Sussex today (July 10).

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Captain Tom shared his memories of Dame Vera and told of the time she visited troops in Burma.

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FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, Captain Tom Moore gestures at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England. The British army veteran who shuffled the length of his garden 100 times to raise funds for the National Health Service is to be honored with a knighthood. Moore received a special nomination for the honor from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announced on Tuesday, May 19, just weeks after he raised 33 million pounds ($40 million) for completing a challenge to mark his 100th birthday. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP, File)
Captain Tom Moore at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England (Joe Giddens/PA via AP, File)

“There she was, this lovely English girl,” said the 100-year-old.

“She was a great person to give us a lot more confidence and we were very, very pleased to see her.”

Captain Tom recently received a letter from the singer regarding the millions he raised for the NHS by walking laps of his garden.

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He said: “I was absolutely thrilled to get a letter from Dame Vera congratulating me on the amount of money that we had raised for my birthday.

“She was always so kind, she was lovely, I’ve always had a soft place in my heart for Dame Vera.

“It was very sad when she died.”

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Dame Vera is set to be celebrated with a flypast at her funeral.

A ceremonial Battle of Britain Memorial Flight consisting of a Spitfire and a Hurricane aeroplane is set to fly over the village of Ditchling, where she lived, at noon.

English singer Vera Lynn singing during a broadcast to Allied troop during WWII. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Dame Vera Lynn (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

The private ceremony will be for a small number of family members only, while a full memorial service is being planned for a later date.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the number of people who may attend funerals is still limited to allow for social distancing.