Dame Vera's message to Knaresborough show

Dame Vera Lynn.
Dame Vera Lynn.

Legendary wartime singer Dame Vera Lynn has sent a personal letter to the stars of a show in Knaresborough.

The 101-year-old, known famously as the "the Forces' Sweetheart" for her morale-boosting efforts in the Second World War, has praised the star of the show A Salute to the 1940's.
To be held in Frazer Theatre on September 5, the musical talent behind this nostalgic concert say they are delighted by the veteran legend's good will message.

Lorrie Brown, who will be portraying the young Vera Lynn in the show, said: "I have been performing my show A Salute to Vera Lynn for years and actually met Dame Vera in 2015.
"Since then we have been raising money for her charity, The Dame Vera Lynn Childrens Charity which is for children under five with cerebral balsy. Over the last couple of years we have managed to raise almost £10,000.

"When Dame Vera heard about it she wrote a lovely letter thanking us all. It was amazing.
"When we hit the magic £10,000 mark we will be presenting a cheque to the charity which Dame Vera's daughter, Virginia, will receive on her behalf."

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Lorrie will be starring in the 1940's show along with her husband Gary Birtles, who is the producer of the show and also acts as compere/air raid warden, Mr Braithwaite.
Also in the show will be tributes to other 40's legends including George Formby, Gracie Fields, The Andrews Sisters and G.I Frank Sinatra, along with famous performers from an earlier era, the First World War - Harry Lauder and Marie Lloyd.

Last month Dame Vera Lynn won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Classic Brits, which Virginia collected as well.
Tickets for the show, which starts at 2.30pm in the afternoon are available on 07515 299162 or in person at Pear Records on Knaresborough High Street.