Dame Vera Lynn has died at the age of 103.
The singer and actress, dubbed the Forces’ Sweetheart, rose to fame during World War Two. She is best known for hits such as We’ll Meet Again, her rendition of which was hugely popular during the war.
Lynn celebrated her 103rd birthday back in March, marking the occasion by releasing a new video for We’ll Meet Again, including a new voice-over aimed at bolstering the British public during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are facing a very challenging time at the moment, and I know many people are worried about the future,” she said. “I’m greatly encouraged that despite these struggles, we have seen people joining together.
“Music is so good for the soul, and during these hard times we must all help each other to find moments of joy.”
Tributes are already flooding in for the Forces’ Sweetheart.
Sir Tim Rice said: “Dame Vera Lynn was one of the greatest ever British popular singers, not just because of her immaculate voice, warm, sincere, instantly recognisable and musically flawless. She will be remembered just as affectionately for her vital work in the Second World War and for her own Charitable Foundations in the 75 years since. A link with more certain times has been irrevocably broken.”