Dame Vera Lynn

Memorial Statue

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.

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 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.

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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.

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 on 18th June at The Coastguard Public house, Dover Press Launch.

All proceeds from the downloads will go to the Appeal.

News & Blog

News
June 24, 2021

Fundraising appeal for Dame Vera Lynn memorial statue launches on anniversary of her passing

On the first anniversary of her passing on Friday 18th June, a fundraising appeal for a permanent memorial statue honouring Dame Vera Lynn was launched.