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Dame Vera Lynn Has Died At The Age Of 103

Dame Vera Lynn Has Died At The Age Of 103

Dame Vera Lynn has died at the age of 103. Her family confirmed the news to PA news agency.

A statement said: "The family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain's best-loved entertainers at the age of 103.

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"Dame Vera Lynn, who lived in Ditchling, East Sussex, passed away earlier today, 18 June 2020, surrounded by her close family."

Lynn was born on 20 March 1917 and became famous as the 'Forces' Sweetheart' during the Second World War.

Lynn was perhaps best known for her song 'We'll Meet Again', which raised morale among troops serving in the Second World War, but has also become popular once more during the times of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dame Vera Lynn in 2009. Credit: PA
Dame Vera Lynn in 2009. Credit: PA

Back in March, Lynn issued a statement from her home in Sussex to reassure the public that good times would return, and to express the need for people to stick together.

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She told Mid Sussex Times: "In these uncertain times, I am taken back to my time during World War II, when we all pulled together and looked after each other.

"It is this spirit that we all need to find again to weather the storm of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

"It's important to remain positive, keep calm and follow the sensible advice provided by the Government at this difficult time."

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Lynn began her performing career at the age of seven, adopting her maternal grandmother's maiden name as a stage name.

Lynn performing in 1949. Credit: PA
Lynn performing in 1949. Credit: PA

She appeared on many records before the war, but came to prominence when war broke out and she took part in many benefit concerts, as well as morale boosting performances for armed forces members.

In 1939, she released 'We'll Meet Again' to great acclaim.

Speaking publicly ahead of this year's VE Day celebrations, Lynn said: "VE day is one of the most important days in our nation's history.

"It marks the day when freedom returned across Europe, and when peace was restored after the most difficult of times.

"As we commemorate 75 years since Victory in Europe, we must all remember the brave boys and what they sacrificed for us... they left their families and homes to fight for our freedom, and many lost their lives trying to protect us and our liberties."

Dame Vera receiving one of her countless awards. Credit: PA
Dame Vera receiving one of her countless awards. Credit: PA

"This year, we must commemorate this special anniversary apart.

"I hope that VE Day will remind us all that hope remains even in the most difficult of times and that simple acts of bravery and sacrifice still define our nation as the NHS works so hard to care for us.

"Most of all, I hope today serves as a reminder that however hard things get, we will meet again."

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Topics: UK News, Music, UK Entertainment

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