Wednesday 20 September 2017

Dame Vera Lynn fans love fitting tribute to wartime star

By Katie Archer

The singer is about to turn 100.

Dame Vera Lynn fans have praised a documentary marking her 100th birthday as a fitting tribute to the former Forces’ Sweetheart.

Dame Vera Lynn: Happy 100th Birthday on BBC2 featured Dame Vera, who turns 100 on Monday, talking viewers through some of the key moments of her career, which included making We’ll Meet Again famous as her radio sign off, and visiting the troops during the Second World War.

Others wrote about the personal connection they felt to Dame Vera.

In the programme, Dame Vera explained that she had only tried to take singing lessons once in her career to extend her range, but that they had not gone well.

She said: “The teacher said to me, ‘I cannot train that voice, it isn’t a natural voice’.

“I wonder if she ever heard me on the radio after that.”

It also featured famous faces talking about their opinions of the wartime singer.

Comedian Barry Humphries said: “That voice is as much the Second World War as Winston Churchill’s voice.”

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