A memorial to ‘forces sweetheart’ Dame Vera Lynn will now include a tribute to a Conservative MP killed in a suspected terror attack.
Sir David Amess, who died who after being stabbed several times in his Essex constituency, helped launch the Dame Vera Lynn Memorial Appeal for a statue in Dover to remember the singer.
The statue will be designed and created by sculpture Paul Day and will be situated on the White Cliffs of Dover, the subject of one of Dame Vera’s most famous songs.
Virginia Lewis-Jones, Dame Vera’s daughter, told BBC Breakfast the MP “should also be remembered in the memorial” which he was such a great advocate for.
She said: “We’ve got to continue, not only for my mother but also for David for what he began and for what we will continue to do because it’s half his memorial as well.”
It is expected the memorial, which will be sited on the White Cliffs famously mentioned in Dame Vera’s most popular song, will cost around £1.5million.
The fundraising appeal has raised almost £50,000, with donations coming in since Sir David’s death. One donor wrote: “In memory of two Great Britons who have given us wonderful service and shown such patriotism and concern for the well-being of others. Rest in peace.”
Sir David launched the appeal in June with an event at Maison Dieu in Dover, and was in regular contact with Ms Lewis-Jones about the progress of the fundraising.
Dame Vera Lynn, whose songs helped raise morale during the Second World War, died at the age of 103 in June 2020.
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