Catholic MP Sir David Amess is launching a campaign for a permanent memorial to Dame Vera Lynn.
The memorial will be paid for by donations and public subscription and will be sited on the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, immortalised in Dame Vera’s most famous song and will be a permanent reminder to future generations of what she accomplished and how much she was loved.
“Dame Vera Lynn holds a special place in the hearts of everyone in the United Kingdom for her wonderful, uplifting singing during the dark years of the Second World War,” said Sir David, the Conservative MP for Southend West. “She travelled to many of the theatres of war, particularly the Far East, to support the fighting men she called ‘her boys’.
“Together with Vera’s family, I’m launching a campaign for a permanent memorial to one of the most loved stars this country has produced.
In light of the public interest in the campaign, the committee has decided to proceed with the fundraising appeal on the first anniversary of Dame Vera’s death on 18th June.
The project has the backing of Dover MP Natalie Elphicke and Dover Council. It has also gained support from an array of famous faces, including Katherine Jenkins OBE, Sir Tim Rice, Sir Paul McCartney and Anthony Andrews.
Details of how to contribute to the campaign will be announced on 18th June.
• For more information, see: https://www.davidamess.co.uk/news/dame-vera-lynn-memorial-campaign
Picture: An image of Dame Vera Lynn projected onto the White Cliffs of Dover ahead of her funeral.