Dame Vera Lynn Some Sunny Day: My Autobiography

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Born Vera Welch in 1917, Dame Vera Lynn's career began at just seven years old when she sang professionally in East End Working Men's

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Dame Vera Lynn Some Sunny Day: My Autobiography

Dame Vera Lynn Collection

To mark the centennial anniversary of the Royal British Legion, The Poppy Shop is delighted to announce an exciting collaboration with Virginia Lewis-Jones, who has co-designed a commemorative jewellery collection and poppy brooch in memory of her late mother, Dame Vera Lynn.

Inspired by the themes of family, friendship, and of course, her mother's love of pearls, the new Bluebird collection encapsulates Dame Vera Lynn's glamorous spirit and her love of the Armed Forces. Each piece in the new jewellery collection features pearls and a signature heart, which houses a small Bluebird motif, paying tribute to one of her biggest hits during the Second World War, The White Cliffs of Dover.

Known as ‘The Forces’ Sweetheart,’ Dame Vera Lynn travelled to many countries to entertain the troops, singing some of her well-known songs, including ‘We’ll Meet Again’, which paved the way to become one of the most successful recording artists in history.

As her daughter Virginia recalls, “My mother never left her wartime roots behind. She continued to work with and support veterans and military charities, including the Royal British Legion throughout her life, so it was important to capture the essence of my mother and pay tribute to her own service in this collection. That’s why each piece features a miniature Bluebird or a reference to one of my mother’s iconic songs.”

Dame Vera Lynn Crystal and Pearl Brooch

In addition to the Bluebird collection, we worked closely with Virginia to design a crystal and pearl poppy brooch.

Dame Vera Lynn Crystal and Pearl Brooch

Born Vera Welch in 1917, Dame Vera Lynn's career began at just seven years old when she sang professionally in East End Working Men's Clubs. A successful radio career with Joe Loss and Charlie Kunz in the 1920s and '30s followed - but it was with World War II that she became famous.

With her radio show 'Sincerely Yours', Vera connected emotionally with the men fighting for their country and those left behind praying for their loved ones, and became known as 'The Forces' Sweeheart'. Performing the songs that she will always be associated with - 'We'll Meet Again' and 'The White Cliffs of Dover' among others - Vera toured Egypt, India and Burma with the Entertainment National Services Association, bringing troops a sense of 'back home'. But what she saw out there affected her profoundly.

Her career after the war flourished, but Vera never left behind her wartime role. Still heavily involved with veteran and other charities, this is Dame Vera's story of her life and her war - from bombs and rations to broadcast and air raids, and the searing heat of her appearances abroad.

All profits benefit the considerable work of the Royal British Legion in supporting the Armed Forces community.

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