Dame Vera Lynn dies aged 103

Ruth Doherty
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Dame Vera Lynn has died at the age of 103.

The singer became known as the Forces' Sweetheart as she helped raise morale for the troops in World War Two.

It was confirmed the iconic singer passed away on Thursday morning surrounded by her family.

According to the BBC, 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.

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

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Vera is best known for her hits We'll Meet Again and White Cliffs of Dover which rallied the troops and gave hope to families across the nation.

She travelled to different countries, including India and Burma, to sing and be a force for positivity.

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Back in April, the Queen even made a reference to Dame Vera's songs in her address to the nation about the coronavirus lockdown, saying '"we will meet again".

However, it's her charity work that she was particularly proud of. In 2001, she established the Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity, and talked about her family work when she turned 100 in 2017.

According to the Radio Times she said: “I’d love it to be my legacy,” she says. “I’ve never considered my actions as courageous. I was just doing my job.”

Tributes are coming in thick and fast for the star, including Piers Morgan and Stephen Fry, who said: "The bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover and the nightingales in Berkeley Square are singing you to your final rest, Dame Vera – quite a life, sleep well..."

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