Memorial to

Forces’ Sweetheart &

Wartime Entertainers

The Dame Vera Lynn Memorial Statue Fund is raising money to erect a memorial to wartime entertainers at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Renowned sculptor, Paul Day, whose work includes the Battle of Britain Memorial on the Embankment, has agreed to design and create the memorial, featuring the likeness of Dame Vera, which is expected to cost £1.5m and it is this sum we are trying to raise.

Work in progress

Many thanks to everyone who has kindly contributed, we have received some very generous donations but don’t have the details to thank the individuals in person but we really do appreciate every single donation we receive.

Hello everybody and welcome to the Dame Vera Lynn Memorial Statue Appeal. Our many friends in showbusiness and not in show business are all in heartfelt agreement that we should be doing this and they all think it is a wonderful, wonderful idea and we hope you do too.

Virginia

About Dame Vera Lynn

On this website, you will gain an insight into the early life of Dame Vera and how, as the UK’s Forces’ Sweetheart, she became a figure of hope and resilience during World War II. Her achievements continued long after the war years and she appeared on radio and television in the UK and United States. In 2009, she became the oldest artist to score a UK Number 1 album, aged 92, with her greatest hits collection We’ll Meet Again – The Very Best Of. She was also passionate about her charity work, founding a cerebral palsy charity in 1953 and a breast cancer charity in 1976. In 2000 was named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the 20th century but was probably held in the highest esteem by the veterans she had entertained during the Second World War.

A life well lived

Born on 20th March 1917, Dame Vera began singing in working men’s clubs at the age of 7. At the age of 100 in 2017 Dame Vera became the oldest living artist to have an album in the top ten of the British charts. She passed away on June 18th 2020 aged 103.

SEE TIMELINE

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In Memory of Sir David Amess

Sir David Amess was instrumental in the setting up of the Dame Vera Lynn Memorial Appeal. He was fully behind the campaign and not only helped with the launch in June 2021 but was Chairman of the committee.  He will be sorely missed by everyone involved.

The sculptor, Paul Day

Acclaimed sculptor Paul Day, whose recent work includes the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial and the Battle of Britain London Monument, will create the sculpture.

Renowned sculptor, Paul Day, whose work includes the Battle of Britain Memorial on the Embankment, has agreed to design and create the memorial which is expected to cost £1.5m and it is this sum we are trying to raise.

Below are some of Paul Day’s early design ideas, sketches and visions for the Memorial.

A song for “the Forces’ Sweetheart”

A song has been written by one of our close friends Vicki Lee in New Zealand and it’s being performed by Katie Ashby from the D-Day Darlings and accompanied by Dominic Ferris on piano. Katie will also record ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ and both songs will be performed in Dover… we’ve even hired a white baby grand electronic piano!

Irreplaceable

Performed by Katie Ashby and Dominic Ferris to help raise money for the Dame Vera Lynn Memorial Statue Fund

Live Performance at The Coastguard Public house, Dover Press Launch.

All proceeds from the downloads will go to the Appeal.

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