Dame Vera Lynn fans praise tribute to wartime star

Vera Lynn

Last night's BBC2 programme Dame Vera Lynn: Happy 100th Birthday was a walk down memory lane for some viewers, while others took to Twitter to praise the wartime star.

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.

@Cranners007 tweeted: What a thoroughly enjoyable birthday tribute to Dame Vera Lynn on earlier to mark her 100th birthday on Monday. Still a sweetheart!

@AlineDobbie wrote: Dame Vera Lynn the programme was a wonderful walk down memory lane, Great woman Happy Birthday for 100 years

Others tweeted about the personal connection they felt to the star.

@Cat_Kez wrote: Happy Birthday Vera Lynn 100 Wow watched this with my mum (young child during the war) amazing, lovely feel good programme.

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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