Singer Katherine Jenkins is campaigning for a commemorative statue for her 'mentor and friend', Vera Lynn, who died at the age of 103 in June.
Jenkins says a memorial should be placed by the White Cliffs of Dover, referring to the title of one of Lynn's most famous songs. The veteran entertainer was popularly known as the Forces's Sweetheart for her role in lifting spirits and national morale in Britain during the Second World War.
"It would be lovely to have a statue in Dame Vera's honour and I can't think of a better place for it than the White Cliffs of Dover," Jenkins told HELLO! magazine. "It would be quite spectacular to see something there paying tribute to her amazing life and all the hearts she touched with her voice."
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Jenkins and Lynn collaborated for a version of Lynn's evergreen classic We'll Meet Again, ahead of the 75th VE Day celebrations to raise money for NHS Charities Together. The duet single went to number one in the iTunes charts.
The Welsh singer, who has just released her new album, Cinema Paradiso, posted a special tribute to Lynn on her Instagram page, following news of the veteran entertainer’s passing.
"I simply cannot find the words to explain just how much I adored this wonderful lady. Her voice brought comfort to millions in their darkest hours, her songs filled the nation’s hearts with hope, and her emotive performances, whether home or abroad, then or now, helped to get us through," she said.
"It was she who chose the sentiments of her songs - she knew instinctively what people needed to hear, how to rally the morale and her spirit and strength created the soundtrack of a generation. There will never be another Dame Vera Lynn. Forces Sweetheart and our sweetheart. An icon. A legend. An inspiration. My mentor & my friend. I will miss you greatly and I know we'll meet again some sunny day."