A new illustration featuring the image of Dame Vera Lynn has tonight (9) been projected onto the White Cliffs of Dover. The portrait marks the funeral this week of the adored British entertainer, who died on 18 June at the age of 103.
The entertainer was known far and wide as the “Forces’ Sweetheart,” from her performances for, and interaction with, British troops during World War II and her morale-boosting efforts for their loved ones at home. Dame Vera is also forever associated with the Dover landmark, since the days of her wartime hit “The White Cliffs Of Dover,” which became hugely popular upon its release in 1942.
Now the white chalk face of those cliffs has provided an apt backdrop to a portrait of this inspiring figurehead of British entertainment. Her image was previously projected onto the Dover cliffs on the occasion of her 100th birthday in 2017. Now, for the first time, the display also features the ever-poignant lyrics of another of Dame Vera’s signature songs, “We’ll Meet Again.” The video below illustrates how her music drifted across the English Channel and into the night.
The projection onto the 350-foot cliffs was visible to ships passing through the channel, as well as to passing planes in the night sky. On land, it could be seen from Dover’s main road and in the back gardens of local residents.
Lynn’s passing prompted an outpouring of affection for her from all corners of life in the UK and far beyond. She is the only recording artist in the world whose career spanned the charts from the 1940s until this year, when her 2017 compilation 100 returned to the bestsellers, standing at No. 19 only last week. In 2009, when Lynn was 92, she became the oldest living artist to top the UK album chart with the Decca Records retrospective We’ll Meet Again – The Very Best Of Vera Lynn.