Remembering Dame Vera Lynn in pictures

Dame Vera Lynn was a well-known member of the Ditchling community where she lived for a number of years.

Thursday, 18th June 2020, 9:41 am
Updated Friday, 19th June 2020, 9:35 am
Dame Vera Lynn's 90th birthday at The School for Parents in Five Oaks. Receiving a card from Ella - Marie Bird, 4, with her mother Donna. Picture: Derek Martin Photography

The Forces’ Sweetheart and national treasure who has sadly died at the age of 103 was a regular visitor to garden parties and fetes in the village and previously recalled the wonderful community spirit. And Dame Vera was a regular supporter of events and good causes across Sussex. Helping the least fortunate, most vulnerable and most in need of a friend was at the heart of what she did. She carried out extensive charity work in Sussex, helping children with cerebral palsy. Her children’s charity – the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity – transformed the lives of countless young people first through its School for Parents based at Ingfield Manor School at Five Oaks near Billingshurst and subsequently when it provided services elsewhere in the county. We have put together a collection of photographs showing some of the amazing events in Sussex she supported over the years.

Dame Vera Lynn's 90th birthday at The School for Parents in Five Oaks. Picture: Derek Martin Photography
Dame Vera Lynn's 90th birthday at The School for Parents in Five Oaks. With Joshua Mills, aged 2, and his father Paul. Picture: Derek Martin Photography
Dame Vera Lynn's 90th birthday at The School for Parents in Five Oaks. With Joshua Mills, aged 2, and his father Paul. Picture: Derek Martin Photography
Dame Vera pictured at Ingfield Manor School fete in Billingshurst. Picture: Derek Martin Photography
Dame Vera Lynn with children, Saffron Fry, 8, and Landizwe McFadden, 9, at Arunside School in Horsham learning about VE Day. Photo by Steve Cobb
Dame Vera Lynn with Jemima Bugden, 6, of Ingfield Manor School in Billingshurst. Photo by Steve Cobb
Dame Vera Lynn. Photo by Steve Cobb
Dame Vera Lynn joins heroes from the Second World War to raise money for a memorial. Photo by Derek Martin Photography
Dame Vera Lynn signs prints for Air Cadets, Fl Sgt Ben Clarke left and Cpl Mike Jenning. Photo by Derek Martin Photography
Dame Vera Lynn and Swingtime Sweethearts visit Age UK Day Centre in Horsham. Dame Vera Lynn with centre staff. Photo by Derek Martin Photography
Dame Vera Lynn and Swingtime Sweethearts visit Age UK Day Centre in Horsham. Photo by Derek Martin Photography
Dame Vera Lynn and Swingtime Sweethearts visit Age UK Day Centre in Horsham. Photo by Derek Martin Photography
Dame Vera Lynn and Swingtime Sweethearts visit Age UK Day Centre in Horsham. Photo by Derek Martin Photography
Dame Vera Lynn and Swingtime Sweethearts visit Age UK Day Centre in Horsham. Photo by Derek Martin Photography
Dame Vera Lynn and Swingtime Sweethearts visit Age UK Day Centre in Horsham. Photo by Derek Martin Photography
Dame Vera Lynn and Swingtime Sweethearts visit Age UK Day Centre in Horsham. Photo by Derek Martin Photography
Dame Vera Lynn Trust, Five Oaks. Hayley Westenra (opera singer from New Zealand, new patron of Dame Vera Lynn Trust) and visit from Charity Explorers - Jess Thomson-Hughes and , Steve Hook with Dame Vera Lynn. Photo by Steve Cobb
Dame Vera Lynn at her home in Ditchling aged 97 years. Photo by Steve Robards
Dame Vera Lynn visits Michelham Priory in Hailsham for World War 2 day. Photo by Peter Cripps
Dame Vera Lynn to visits Michelham Priory in Hailsham for World War 2 day. Photo by Peter Cripps
Dame Vera Lynn opens new charity shop at the Pauline Thaw Centre in Hassocks. Pictured with volunteer Norma Wilson. Photo by Steve Robards
Dame Vera Lynn opens new charity shop at the Pauline Thaw Centre in Hassocks. Pictured with volunteers Sally Wiggins, Norma Wilson, Phyllis Gates and Pen Mon. Photo by Steve Robards
Dame Vera Lynn signs a book for Matthew Reid during her signing session at Waterstones in Haywards Heath. Photo by Steve Robards
An historic photo of the Forces' Sweetheart
Dame Vera Lynn at the Memorial Cheese Drop over the RAFA Care home in Storrington. Photo by Steve Goodger
Dame Vera Lynn at the Memorial Cheese Drop over the RAFA Care home in Storrington with Malcolm Mascon, chairman of the Amsterdam RAFA branch. Photo by Steve Goodger
Dame Vera Lynn at the Memorial Cheese Drop over the RAFA Care home in Storrington. Photo by Steve Goodger
Dame Vera Lynn at the Memorial Cheese Drop over the RAFA Care home in Storrington. Photo by Steve Goodger
Dame Vera Lynn at English Martyrs Catholic Primary School in Worthing with pupils, Jazmin Compton, William Newnham and Chantelle Carman. Photo by Gerald Thompson
Dame Vera Lynn at Care for Veterans Gifford House open day in Worthing. Photo by Gerald Thompson
Dame Vera Lynn at Care for Veterans Gifford House in Worthing. Photo by Gerald Thompson