Welcome to the Dame Vera Lynn Memorial Statue Fund website. Its purpose is to raise funds to erect a permanent memorial to Dame Vera, who passed away on 18th June 2020, aged 103. 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. The memorial will be sited on the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, which were immortalised in one of Vera’s most famous songs.
Dame Vera Lynn
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 celebrity and achievements endured 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 202 aged 103.
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.
There are plans to include a tribute to Sir David in the Dame Vera Lynn Memorial.
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. The memorial will be sited on the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, which were immortalised in one of Vera’s most famous songs.
Proposals are for a “living sculpture” at Dover’s Western Heights which will combine a statue and an amphitheatre where concerts would be held throughout the year.
Performed by Katie Ashby and Dominic Ferris to help raise money for the Dame Vera Lynn Memorial Statue Fund
Live Performance on 18th June at The Coastguard Public house, Dover Press Launch.
All proceeds from the downloads will go to the Appeal.