Forces’ sweetheart and Ditchling resident Dame Vera Lynn delivers uplifting message after Queen’s speech

Forces’ sweetheart and Ditchling resident Dame Vera Lynn delivered a touching message this week after watching the Queen’s speech on Sunday evening.

She told Middy and Express: “I watched The Queen’s speech with the rest of the country and indeed, the world, and it was wonderful.

“I didn’t know that Her Majesty was going to finish up with the words ‘We will meet again’, but I think those words speak to the hope we should all have during these troubling times.

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“I hope everyone will feel encouraged by Her Majesty’s words, and that we can all continue to work together to get through this.”

Dame Vera Lynn turned 103 on March 20

The 103-year-old’s uplifting message comes after ‘We’ll Meet Again’ soared 830 places to number 22 on iTunes this week.

The song is one of the nation’s most memorable and morale-boosting hits, sustaining Britons through the wartime years.

Dame Vera Lynn urged people to ‘keep calm’ as we face uncertain times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement released to the Middy and Express, she said: “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.

Dame Vera Lynn with her daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones

“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.”