Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn dies aged 103

Dame Vera Lynn has sadly died at the age of 103.

It has been confirmed by personal assistant and long-time family friend Susan Fleet.

She said: “The family of 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.

Dame Vera Lynn has died aged 103

“Further information regarding a memorial service will be announced at a later date.”

Dame Vera Lynn boosted the nation’s morale during the darkest days of World War Two. She provided hope and reassurance for Allied troops and families.

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She was also honoured countless times in her lifetime for her services to entertainment and charity.

Dame Vera Lynn at home in Ditchling aged 97. Picture: Steve Robards

Dame Vera was in the public eye last month when she issued a special message to the people of Sussex ahead of VE Day celebrations.

Dame Vera Lynn at 103, with her daugher Virginia Lewis-Jones

Speaking about turning 103 on March 20, this year, she commented: “Thank you all for the kind gifts, cards and gestures I received to celebrate my birthday this year.

“0nce again, I am overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness and generosity, and am so grateful to you all for helping me to mark this milestone.

“I feel very fortunate to have reached 103, and my day will be made all the more special by hearing from people all around the world.

“Thank you also for your generosity towards my Charitable Trust as I care very much about the work it does and the donations received around my birthday are the best gift imaginable.”

More to follow.