Dame Vera Lynn has died at 103, she was one of the most loved singer of the story of Britain: she was known as "the forces’ sweetheart"
Dame Vera Lynn, the singer symbol of resistance during WWII, has died at the age of 103 years old. Her name is in history for the song “We’ll Meet Again”.
Dame Vera Lynn has died
“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers” said the family, near to the singer in the last moments at ther East Sussex home.
Boris Johnson on his memory: “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.” Angela Rayner from Labour remembered Lynn as “a beautiful person who will be sadly missed by all who her knew her”.
Vera was born in East Ham in 1917, in the childhood suffered of diphteria and at 18 years old she started working in orchestras across the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of the Second World War, she used to perform in the London’s undeground.
Lynn’s popularity as “the forces’ sweetheart”
She was also known as “the forces’ sweetheart” during the period in which she followed the troops in Egypt, India and Myanmar during the war.“Singing in the jungle was very hot and very sticky, which was a bit hard going,” she revealed in 2017. “I had a little piano, which they trudged around on the back of a lorry, hoping it would survive the journeys.”
Then her popularity grew after the song We’ll Meet Again, released in 1939, written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles. The lyrics of the song “I know we’ll meet again some sunny day” were very optimist and heartened soldiers during their campaign.
Dame Vera Lynn latest performance dates back to 2005, at the 60th anniversary celebrations for VE Day in Trafalgar Square. She said to spectators: “These boys gave their lives and some came home badly injured and for some families life would never be the same. We should always remember, we should never forget and we should teach the children to remember.”