Dame Vera Lynn with life-size cutout of herself after being named personality of the century 230300 CREDIT PA
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Tributes Made To 'Symbol Of Hope' Dame Vera Lynn

The singer, who became known as the 'Forces' Sweetheart' during the Second World War, has died aged 103.

Dame Vera Lynn with life-size cutout of herself after being named personality of the century 230300 CREDIT PA

Many are paying tribute to the life of Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn, who has passed away aged 103.

Born in London on 20 March 1917, Dame Vera went on to entertain Second World War troops during several morale-boosting visits to the frontline.

Known for songs such as 'The White Cliffs Of Dover', 'There’ll Always Be An England' and 'I’ll Be Seeing You', the singer was referenced by Her Majesty the Queen as recently as April.

The Queen is to send a private message of condolence to Dame Vera Lynn's family.

Following the announcement of Dame Vera's death, many have publicly recognised the work and life of the Forces' Sweetheart.

The Prime Minister said Dame Vera's "charm and magical voice entranced and uplifted our country in some of our darkest hours".

"Her voice will live on to lift the hearts of generations to come," Boris Johnson added.

Elsewhere in Government, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Dame Vera "lifted our nation and its Armed Forces in their moment of maximum peril".

Veteran and fundraising sensation Captain Tom Moore said:

"She had a huge impact on me in Burma and remained important to me throughout my life.

"My thoughts are with Dame Vera Lynn's family at this sad time."

The singer had visited Burma on a four-month tour in 1944 to entertain the troops.

It was one of multiple trips to different war-stricken countries which put her own personal safety at risk.

Showing appreciation for its 'Sweetheart', the British Army released a tweet to mark the passing.

Forces charity the Royal British Legion called Dame Vera "an unforgettable British icon" and a "symbol of hope" for the military community.

Pilar Cloud, Executive Manager of the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity, said: "We have been extremely honoured to have had Dame Vera Lynn as our president and she was always a very passionate and wonderful ambassador for this charity.

"She has always been hands on, enjoying participating in sessions, singing songs with the children and setting the tone with real determination to ensure that ‘her families’ were never forgotten. 

"She is very fondly regarded by all of the staff and families, and will be greatly missed by so many people."

Details on a memorial service for Dame Vera will be announced at a later date, according to her family.

Cover image: Dame Vera Lynn with life-size cutout of herself after being named personality of the century (Picture: PA).

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