Britain’s wartime sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn dies aged 103

Published on June 19, 2020 by

Dame Vera Lynn, one of the most popular British entertainers of the past century, the singer known as the forces’ sweetheart during the Second World War, has died at the age of 103.

Dame Vera’s songs, including We’ll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover, became enormously popular among the armed forces and in homes across the United Kingdom as she lifted spirits and gave hope to many.

In later years Dame Vera fought hard to win fair treatment for war widows. The Prime Minister said her voice would live on for generations to come.

Dame Vera’s popularity didn’t fade after the war ended. She found new generations of admirers and no major commemoration of the Second World War was complete without her presence. Just last month she became the oldest artist to achieve a top-40 album in the UK.

Huw Edwards presents News at Ten reporting from Robert Hall and Sarah Campbell.

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