Dame Vera Lynn’s family to campaign for memorial on White Cliffs of Dover

Laura Harding, PA Deputy Entertainment Editor
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The family of Dame Vera Lynn will campaign for the Forces’ Sweetheart to be remembered with a memorial on the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

The singer, who entertained troops with morale-boosting visits to the front line during the Second World War, died in June 2020 at the age of 103.

Following her death, tributes flooded in from around the world, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson describing her as a “truly great Briton whose voice and charm will live on to lift the hearts of generations to come.”

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Dame Vera Lynn in 1949 (PA)

The National Trust site in the North Downs is immortalised in one of Dame Vera’s most famous songs, The White Cliffs Of Dover.

She was also loved for hits including There’ll Always Be An England, I’ll Be Seeing You, Wishing and If Only I Had Wings.

Her best-known song, We’ll Meet Again, experienced a resurgence last year when the Queen referenced it in an address to the nation about the coronavirus lockdown.

Her family and MP Sir David Amess will launch a campaign for the memorial on March 26. The project has the backing of Dover MP Natalie Elphicke and Dover Council.

The memorial will be paid for by donations and public subscription.

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The cover of Dame Vera Lynn’s album to celebrate her turning 100 (Decca Records)

Sir David said: “A memorial to this wonderful lady is long overdue and what better place to have it but on the White Cliffs of Dover?

“Dame Vera was an inspiration to every generation and her Children’s Charity will make sure that her legacy endures.

“I look forward to unveiling the memorial, which will be created by renowned sculptor Paul Day, with Dame Vera’s family.”

Details of how to contribute will be published on Sir David’s YouTube page and at the end of the promotional video which will premiere on YouTube on March 26.

The video will feature contributions from Katherine Jenkins, Sir Tim Rice, Sir Paul McCartney and Anthony Andrews.