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100 MPs call for Rishi to help fund Dame Vera statue

- By Vanessa Allen

A CAMPAIGN to fund a memorial to honour Dame Vera Lynn has won support from almost 100 politician­s.

MPs including ex-ministers and senior backbenche­rs have written to Rishi Sunak seeking public cash for the sculpture.

They include Harriett Baldwin, who chairs the Treasury committee, former deputy PM Damian Green and senior Tory figures Sir Graham Brady and Sir John Redwood.

Tory MP Natalie Elphicke, whose constituen­cy features in Dame Vera’s iconic song The White Cliffs Of Dover, handed the letter in to No 10 yesterday.

Ms Elphicke told the Daily Mail that Dame Vera, who died at 103 in 2020, was a ‘Great Briton’ and that her statue would be an inspiratio­n, especially to women and girls. She added: ‘There should be more memorials recognisin­g the contributi­on of women. That’s why this one matters so much.’

The memorial to Dame Vera and other wartime entertaine­rs has been designed by British sculptor Paul Day, who created the Battle of Britain tribute on London’s Victoria Embankment. His new work would be displayed at the National Arboretum, near Lichfield in Staffordsh­ire. A gala evening is planned to help to boost fundraisin­g at London’s Connaught Rooms this Friday.

The dinner- dance will enjoy entertainm­ent from The D-Day Darlings, Britain’s Got Talent-winning Chelsea pensioner Colin Thackery and Dame Vera’s friend, singer Vicki Lee.

Broadcaste­r Gyles Brandreth will compere and Lord Archer will preside over an auction of some of Dame Vera’s personal memorabili­a, including her gold disc for her Forces’ Sweetheart album.

For tickets at £125 a head, or £1,100 for a table of ten, call 020 3488 6713 or email amy@ourlegend.com

You can donate at www. dameveraly­nnmemorial­statue. or send cheques payable to: Dame Vera Lynn Memorial Statue, c/o The Treasurer, ‘Dormers’, Main Road, Brighstone, Isle of Wight PO30 4AJ.

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