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Dame Vera Lynn interview March 2010

 

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Dame Vera Lynn at home in Sussex

 

Dame Vera Lynn is a distinguished and much-adored link to a bygone age. World War II seems, somehow, more than just a generation or two away to us living in 2010. The idea of a Britain and her allies at total war with Germany and Japan seems inconceivable today. Yet it was so and Vera Lynn came to embody the dogged and determined resolve of the British people in the war years of 1939-1945. As the forces sweetheart, she was the focus for servicemen abroad who missed their loved ones and she represented a British cautious optimism that things would turn out alright in the end, which, of course, they did.

In the same way that we couldn't have won the war without Sir Winston Churchill, without the Spitfire, without the Bletchley Park Enigma code-breakers, so it was also true (in my humble opinion) that we couldn't have won the war without Dame Vera Lynn's considerable influence on morale and the British spirit.

Her autobiography, Some Sunny Day, explains how Dame Vera worked with, socialised with or met most of the great and good from the entertainment industry and from other walks of life in her career.

Her work with charities and her caring for ex-servicemen and women is what has continued to warm her to the general public for over sixty years since the hopeful lyrics of We'll Meet Again were realised.

This is the interview that Dame Vera gave to www.retrosellers.com

 

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Dame Vera Lynn at book signing
 for her autobiography 
Some Sunny Day

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The White Cliffs of Dover
 


 

Digger: Hello Dame Vera, How are you?
 
Dame Vera: Okay thanks.
 
Digger: I think it’s fascinating how much your daughter Virginia sounds like you.
 
Dame Vera: Yes, we’ve been told that a lot.
 
Digger: Can I fire away with the questions?
 
Dame Vera: Absolutely.
 
Digger: Seeing you on TV recently, you are mentally alert and articulate and energetic, and looking great, more so than I am at 52. How are you able to do this?!
 
Dame Vera: Oh, is that the question?! (Both laugh) I thought that was a statement. (Both laugh)
 
Digger: The trouble with me is that I have a habit of asking questions that sound like statements.
 
Dame Vera: (Laughs) How do I do it? Well, I’ve sort of paced my life. I haven’t tried to overwork myself. Giving myself time for relaxation and family and things.
 

Digger: What do you do to relax?
 
Dame Vera: Well, I watch telly which I enjoy very much. Not being able to get about as much as I did.

 

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Digger: Yes. What sort of programmes do you enjoy, Dame Vera?
 
Dame Vera: Um, archaeological, documentaries. Interesting things or things about the past.
 
Digger: We’re spoilt for choice these days for channels aren’t we?
 
Dame Vera: Yes, I’ve got Sky.
 
Digger: There’s always something interesting on, isn’t there?
 
Dame Vera: Oh, there’s so many programmes and you can just flick around. I love it, it’s wonderful.
 

Digger: What do you think Vera Lynn sixty years ago would have made of things like The Internet, satellite TV, mobile phones and sat navs?
 
Dame Vera: What would I have thought about it? I would have thought it would be absolutely fantastic. I mean to be able to be in contact. I wish it had been when I was out in the Far East, when I could have phoned back my family and told them I was okay.
 
Digger: You’ve lived through probably the biggest social and technological changes mankind has ever had.
 
Dame Vera: Well, I would think so, yes.
 

Digger: How does it feel being you now compared to you at 20 with all the changes you’ve witnessed?
 
Dame Vera: What you don’t have you never miss but, I mean, if it had been around at that time it would have been marvellous when I was travelling around all the time to have kept in contact with the news and my family and even professionally. It would have been nice to have been able to look back on those days now if today’s technology had been around then to record the moments.

 

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Digger: Do you still write letters?
 
Dame Vera: Oh yes, yes. Virginia helps me with all the office work – she’s got a secretary to help her because we get so much mail still.
 
Digger: I suppose you get it from all over the world?
 
Dame Vera: Yes, we do. Australia, New Zealand, America and far flung parts of the world. People I've never heard of.
 

Digger: It’s still nice to hear from them?
 
Dame Vera: Oh, it is. It’s nice to know that my records are still being heard, if not in person.
 

Digger: Well done you.
 

Dame Vera: Yes, still heard everywhere.
 
Digger: Do you think there are characteristics that set the British apart from others during the war years and, if so, what were they?
 
Dame Vera: What set us apart? You know, we’re born and bred here and we’re very loyal and we think a lot of our country and our people and that’s what it is really.
 

Digger: We’re stubborn, aren't we?
 
Dame Vera: Oh, absolutely in all sorts of ways. And that leads to creativity in science and music and all sorts of ways too, you name it.
 
Digger: What do you think your biggest lessons have been in life, so far?
 
Dame Vera: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, you know what I mean? Be nice to them on the way up because you might need their help on the way down. (Laughs)
 

Digger: What goes round comes round, as they say.
 
Dame Vera: Absolutely, that’s so true.

 

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Digger: Can you tell us about your work with the Dame Vera Lynn Trust?
 
Dame Vera: Well, it’s been going for many years since the fifties. It first started with just a room at the main school and then it developed. We managed to raise enough money to build a separate school. And it’s gradually developed from there. We look after the under-fives because we don’t get any grants or anything because they’re under school age. So we have to raise the money to keep it going and it really is a fantastic school. The girls are really wonderful who are the teachers. And the parents are so appreciative – they don’t know what they would have done without it.
 

Digger: You obviously enjoy the work.
 
Dame Vera: Oh yes, it’s lovely to see the children and as you go there over the years you can see the ones who have gone there constantly and see the improvement from just sitting doing nothing to walking with a frame. And it’s very gratifying to see that.
 

Digger: I don’t know if you’re like me but as I get older I get more childish. (Both laugh) What do you see as the biggest achievements of mankind in your lifetime and what gives you hope for mankind for the future?
 
Dame Vera: Oh dear, what a terribly hard question! (Thinks) I think medicine. It’s wonderful what they’ve achieved.
 
Digger: It’s a blessing and a curse because it means people live longer but that has financial consequences on the state. I have to retire ten years later than I would have done!
 
Dame Vera: But still, if they live longer it’s better for them to live longer, healthier.
 
Digger: That’s very true. Fifty years ago I would have been considered old.
 
Dame Vera: I’ve got a photograph of my grand-mama sitting there looking quite voluptuous in black and looking at her today you’d think she was ninety-something but she was only 52.


 

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Digger: Did writing the biography Some Sunny Day exorcise any demons?
 
Dame Vera: Well, no, not really, I just experienced again the things that I’d done through my life. And I think it’s nice to do that and write positively rather than grumble about all the things that went wrong.
 

Digger: It’s a great book and I really enjoyed it.
 
Dame Vera: Oh did you? Good.
 
Digger: The events you’ve experienced and the people you’ve met and worked with are amazing. Do you keep any diaries?
 
Dame Vera: Only engagement diaries. The only little diary I kept was when I went into Burma and I was told not to carry a diary in case I was captured.
 

Digger: Oh my God! I wonder what would have happened if you had been caught? (Both laugh) You were one of our biggest non-secret weapons. It doesn’t bear thinking about. I know you’re humble about it but you were such a big thing from a propaganda point of view for our side.
 
Dame Vera: Yes, I suppose I helped a bit in that way!

 

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Sir Winston Churchill

Londoners sheltering from
 The Blitz

  

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A Lancaster bomber, a Spitfire fighter and 
a Hurricane fighter in a memorial fly-past


 
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Airmen being scrambled summer 1940


 

Digger: Have you ever had any feedback from Germany or from Germans about how you had an impact on them at that time?
 
Dame Vera: Well, no, only nice letters from people who used to pick up my radio.
 
Digger: That’s good.
 
Dame Vera:  In Holland they were forbidden to listen to the BBC and they used to find all sorts of ways to listen to my programmes, you know. I came on Sunday night after the news. They would hide in cellars. And I got a letter where they made a hole in a hayrick and they used to go in there and listen to my programme. And meanwhile, a little man was outside on a bicycle peddling like mad, keeping the dynamo going to run the radio.
 

Digger: Ingenious.
 
Dame Vera: Can you imagine?
 
Digger: When you see our troops coming back in the coffins from Iraq and Afghanistan…
 
Dame Vera: Oh!
 
Digger: ... I know it’s a different type of warfare.
 
Dame Vera: Yes, but it’s still terrible and so unnecessary and it’s very sad.
 
Digger: Do we ever learn?
 
Dame Vera: No, we never do and the First World War was supposed to be the war to end all wars and it wasn’t to be. It’s very sad all of our young people growing up never knowing if they’re going to grow to be old-aged.
 

Digger: I can’t stress how big a heroine you are to us all. If I can be fit and alert like you in thirty years time I’ll be doing very well. Can I ask one last question? You are friendly with Petula Clark. Why hasn’t Petula been made a Dame yet?
 
Dame Vera: I really don’t know. Other people who live abroad have been honoured. And she was a real inspiration to the youngsters in the war.
 
Digger: It’s got to happen, don’t you think?
 
Dame Vera: Oh yes. It’s got to. Dame Shirley Bassey’s not old, but the excuse I was given why I was ‘waiting’ so long for it was that I was too young. (Both laugh)
 
Digger: I’ve got a good photo of you with another Dame - Dame Edna.

 

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Dame Edna with Dame Vera


 
Dame Vera: He is outrageous but he had to behave himself when we were at St James’s Palace.
 
Digger: Maybe he was looking to get a real 'gong' as well?
 
Dame Vera: They can’t make HIM a Dame, though, can they?!
 
Digger: Dame Vera, I really appreciated your time and it’s been fantastic talking to you.
 
Dame Vera: Thank you. I look forward to seeing the article with Virginia.
 
Digger: Take care. Thank you.
 
Dame Vera: You too. Bye bye.


 
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 Dame Vera with remaining airmen from
The Battle of Britain in 2000

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  Dame Vera at The Cenotaph
 
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  Dame Vera with Chelsea Pensioners


Many thanks to Virginia, Nigel and to Dame Vera for their help and kindness.  Dame Vera Lynn interview March 2010.

More information can be found at:

Dame Vera Lynn Trust For Children With Cerebral Palsy

Some Sunny Day at Amazon

Dame Vera tops the charts at 92

 

 

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Details Homefront History is dedicated to keeping alive the spirit of remembrance for the wartime generation. Our accurate portrayals include civilians, the emergency services and Allied servicemen and women.

We specialise in Police at War, civilian female and male police officers and British Army Military Police (Red Caps) , although we can bring together a wide mix of Allied Service personnel, civilian emergency services personnel and civilians including evacuees/schoolchildren.

We can provide re-enactors for staff, public and private events, Mess and Formal dinners, educational projects, TV, Film and Photography, Museums and Visitor Destinations. Our re-enactors are also available for special occasions, including 1940s themed weddings.

We have full public liability insurance, and references are available upon request.

CONTACT US
Email:
You can email us using enquiries@homefronthistory.co.uk

Telephone Lo call (UK only):
Dial 0844 991 0084
Please dial 44 (0) 77 483 10996 from outside the UK (standard call charges apply)
'Radio Telephone Number 077 483 10996'

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Victory Belle - A high energy mix of 1940s song and dance- a mixture of wartime and nostalgic songs.
Website Victory Belle
Details Johnny Victory and Frances Belle's highly popular wartime tribute show 'Victory Belle'. This show features music, dance and comedy banter in a nostalgic package that is guaranteed to get you singing along and waving your flag.

Whether your event is all day, a full weekend, a few hours or a private party, Victory Belle can create a bespoke service to suit the needs of your event.

We perform a combination of music from the 1940s period, from the jive sounds of Glenn Miller to the sentiments parted by Vera Lynn, to the daft, may we say silly songs of the war, such as Kiss me Goodnight Sergeant Major.

Tel:07814 968 160
Email: johnnyvictory@live.co.uk

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Steve Norris - A Very English Revolution
Website Steve Norris

Buy A Very English Revolution on Amazon
Details Steve Norris is an English thriller writer for the 21st century

Steve has written a new novel, A Very English Revolution, that will change your views on the political stability of Britain forever.
Already attracting a number of rave reviews, the book is available on Amazon (as a paperback and on Kindle - at £2) where you can also see the great reviews.

It is framed around the timeline of a fictional Leeds bi-election in 2009. The vacuum of leadership in government meant minor parties were growing in strength and the book picks up in Leeds where an opportunity emerges for a new style nationalist politician who can present arguments, usually formed in male drinking clubs, in a sexy media-friendly format. The other side of the story is an old fashioned mystery whodunit from the 1980‘s where a journalist stumbles on a cover up of child abuse in the Catholic Church. You think the story is going one way, but wonder where the bi-election fits in. The story draws the reader into a world where questions and connections keep coming, and where coincidence starts to turn into conspiracy. Before the characters realise what they know, they are at the centre of a very dangerous storm.
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Fiona Harrison - Britain's finest nostalgic soprano
Website Fiona Harrison
Details Book Fiona Harrison now! Britain's finest nostalgic soprano is available to perform at any 1940's themed event throughout the world in authentic and glamorous costumes.

Unlike most classically trained sopranos, Fiona Harrison is much in demand as a cabaret performer.
Fiona prides herself on delivering top quality entertainment which is varied and affordable. She commissions the highest grade musicians to compile her digitally recorded backing tracks, which are superbly arranged and which enables her to work any where in the world!

Combined with Fiona’s amazing singing voice and impeccable presentation, it is now possible to book someone with the know-how to bring the distinction of Covent Garden and the West End to your event.

This is only partly due to her outstanding voice and presentation. In the more intimate cabaret environment Fiona’s appeal is equally due to her sparkling personality, her amazing ability to engage with the audience and her mischievous sense of fun!

Fiona offers a number of show packages including:

“Fiona Harrison in Cabaret”, “Magic of the Musicals”, “Hooray for Hollywood”, “The Great American Song Book”, “The Good Old Days”, “The Best of British”, “Putting on the Ritz”, “We’ll Meet Again”, “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”, “USA Stars and Stripes Show”, “Swinging with the 1950’s & 60’s”

and many others.

fionaharrison1@btinternet.com

01525 370453

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Teampixie - Fancy Dress Costumes, Make-Up & Fireworks from Pixiedust Bristol
Website Teampixie
Details Make Up & Face Paint, Zombies, Halloween & Horror, Ladies - Fancy Dress, Masks, Wigs & Beards, Children's Costumes, Fancy Dress Hats, Men's - Fancy Dress, Accessories & Props, Firework Shop, Costume Hire, St Patrick's Day, World Book Week, Chinese New Year, Australia Day, Roald Dahl Day, Bestival Fancy Dress, Christmas, American Independence Day, Easter, Alice in Wonderland, Fancy dress

The Teampixie website is the retail outlet for pixiedust fireworks and party company based just outside Bristol in North Somerset United Kingdom. We are a leading supplier of quality professional makeup and face paints. We are knowledgeable about the products we sell and can provide everyone from a single face painter, re-enactors, amateur theatre groups to professional theatre, film and television companies.

Our stock includes, face and body paints from Wolfe fx, Aquacolour, Supracolour, from Kryolan, Pancake greasepaint from Leichner, Foundations, Special effects and metallic make up from Graftobian, face & body paints from Snazaroo. White zombie eye contact lenses for Halloween, foundations and vintage make up from Ben Nye, clown make up from Mehron, Face and body painting magazine from illusion, and a vast range of eyelashes from glamour lashes to colored fun eyelashes.

If you don't see what you are looking for or need some help and advice, we are only to pleased to help. We offer free advice supplying costumes, fancy dress, fireworks for just about every form of event.

Contact Pixiedust Fireworks
Call us now on 01275 371717
email: info@teampixie.co.uk
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Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. - ready to use today
Website Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. 
Details Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. (VFPI) was established under its former name, Vintage Fountain Pens, in 1976.

We provide vintage fountain pens – restored and ready to use today and vintage desktop items. Vintage fountain pens are by their very nature second, third or even fourth hand, condition will vary and this is stated and reflected in the price.

A fountain pen gift box is available free of charge with each purchase upon request. Just tick the relevant box at checkout.

Fountain pens are part of our social history. Few items these days can be handed down from grandfather to mother to son or daughter and provide the same satisfaction and length of service. Those I meet at fairs remember the pen given to them on graduation or some other special occasion, or their mother's handwriting when making up a list for the grocer or writing a special message in a birthday card. Others, no longer enamoured of "biro" or "gel", arrive at my stall seeking a pen which reflects their personality, is aesthetically pleasing, a pleasure to use and reliable for everyday office and personal use.

Vintage Fountain Pens Inc.
PO Box 7242
Sherborne
DT9 9DE
Phone: 07932 037 630

Email: info@vintagefountainpensinc.com

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Vintage Fountain Pens - the UKs No.1 site for Fountain Pens, Inkwells, Repairs, Fountain Pen Nibs and Spare Parts
Website Vintage Fountain Pens
Details Welcome to the home of the UKs No.1 site for Fountain Pens, Inkwells, Repairs, Fountain Pen Nibs and Spare Parts.
  • Vintage Fountain Pens - A range of fully refurbished pens from manufacturers all over the world. Worldwide postage is free*
  • Repairs - visit the repairs page to see a rough guide to costs and details of how to send your pens to us.
  • Nibs - A range of refurbished nibs for sale.
  • Vintage Drawing Instruments - A range of Boxed Victorian and Edwardian Drawing Instruments.

* Free postage applies to standard First Class Royal Mail or standard Air Mail. Some items are of high value and we recommend that you take up the option of Special Delivery which includes insurance up the full value of the pen. Standard postal options do not include any insurance and Vintage Fountain Pens cannot be held responsible for damaged or missing items sent this way.

Vintage Fountain Pens
69 Cliff Road
Hornsea
East Yorkshire
United Kingdom
HU18 1HU
Phone no. 01964 532297

Tel: 07734 539144 Mark Catley

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Twinwood Festival -  Vintage 1940s and 1950s Music and Dance Festival
Website Twinwood Festival
Details The Annual Ultimate Vintage 1940s and 1950s Music and Dance Festival Twinwood, Clapham, near Bedford

We have already rebooked your favourites from past festivals along with some fabulous new acts that have never appeared at Twinwood before. There will be more venues and performances than ever before.

Telephone:01923 282725

Email: info@twinwoodevents.com

Twinwood Arena & The Glenn Miller Museum
Twinwood Events Ltd
Twinwood Road
Clapham
Bedfordshire
MK41 6AB

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