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Family of Dame Vera Lynn and MP David Amess call for a memorial for her on the White Cliffs of Dover

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The family of Dame Vera Lynn is campaigning for a memorial to her to be placed on the White Cliffs of Dover.

National media reports say that they have teamed up with MP Sir David Amess to launch a campaign for this next week.

Dame Vera Lynn. Picture: Terry Scott
Dame Vera Lynn. Picture: Terry Scott

The memorial, by sculptor Paul Day, would be paid for by donations and public subscription.

Sir David is quoted as saying: “A memorial to this wonderful lady is long overdue and what better place to have it but on the White Cliffs of Dover?”

Details of how to contribute will be published on Sir David’s YouTube page during a promotional video, which will be premiered next Friday.

The cliffs, a National Trust site on the North Downs, are highlighted in Dame Vera’s classic 1941 song (There’ll be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover.

Dame Vera was a morale-boosting singer, known as the Forces’ Sweetheart, during the Second World War and was also famous for tunes such as There’ll Always Be An England.

The White Cliffs of Dover. Picture: Sam Lennon
The White Cliffs of Dover. Picture: Sam Lennon

Her song We’ll Meet Again had a new impact when it was name-checked by the Queen in a televised speech during the first coronavirus lockdown last spring.

Dame Vera,who would have been 104 yesterday (Saturday), died on June 18 last year aged 103.

Last year Dover town councillor Graham Wanstall got the backing of Dame Vera’s daughter Virginia Lewis-Jones, to name a footpath leading from Athol Terrace to the cliffs after her.

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