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Plans for huge music venue on White Cliffs of Dover called the Dame Vera Bowl

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Plans are being prepared for a Dame Vera Memorial Park and a live music venue dubbed the Dame Vera Bowl.

Dover District Council has confirmed that it's submitted a formal bid to central government to access "levelling up" funding.

It's understood the park and outdoor music venue would be located on council-owned land on the Western Heights top of the White Cliffs of Dover.

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Dame Vera Lynn has had a strong connection with Dover following her famous song that proved popular with British troops fighting abroad during the Second World War.

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Later in life, she backed the community's successful campaign to stop the Port of Dover from being privatised.

Following her death almost exactly a year ago, a fundraising campaign was launched to raise £3 million for a statue in her honour.

People can donate to it on its own dedicated website.

Dame Vera Lynn in the garden of the Savoy Hotel, after she was named personality of the century in a nationwide poll in 2000

Separately the council is also now seeking funding for an outdoor music venue on top of the White Cliffs overlooking the English Channel.

A wildflower meadow and a road were also recently named after Dame Vera.

Dame Vera Lynn Down on the White Cliffs of Dover

A council spokesman confirmed to MyDover that a funding bid has been submitted.

Dover & Deal MP Natalie Elphicke has also said she is doing "everything she can" to encourage the government to agree to funding.

She said: "Dame Vera would go and visit troops all over the globe. Everywhere she went she brought cheer and boosted morale. She helped give our troops the determination they needed to succeed – so often against the heaviest of odds.

Dover MP Natalie Elphicke

"Yet her contribution did not end there. As well as service to our nation, she set up her own charities, and throughout her lifetime had a strong record of helping others.

"When our port was put up for sale Dame Vera swung into action.

"She played a crucial role in keeping our port and our cliffs forever England.

"In a hard-fought campaign, Dame Vera’s support made a real difference.

"Dame Vera’s passing was a time of great sadness for our whole community.

"We loved her and she loved us right back. Email after email, letter after letter came into my office, saying that she should be remembered here in White Cliffs country.

"That’s why it’s so important that we have a fitting memorial to her on our White Cliffs.

"I am fully supporting the council’s bid for government funding to help make it happen.

"It is so exciting that we should have such a project taken forward."

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