Sammy Wilson MP backs Vera Lynn memorial campaign.

Sammy Wilson MP is backing the campaign for a memorial to the late Dame Vera Lynn CH, who famously sang “We’ll meet again” and “The White Cliffs of Dover”. The MP joined almost 100 fellow MPs, led by Dover’s Natalie Elphicke, in writing to the Prime Minister calling for the Government to provide funding to complete the memorial.

By Sammy Wilson MP

East Antrim

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With only 3 out of every 100 statues commemorating women, Sammy Wilson MP says the memorial would make an important difference. Dame Vera was a Great Briton. So much so that in 2000 she was voted the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the 20th Century.

Dame Vera, who passed away in 2020, made an enormous contribution to our country’s morale in the Second World War. Thereafter Dame Vera worked tirelessly in charity work for ex servicemen, disabled children and breast cancer.

Local groups and individuals have worked hard to raise funds for the memorial project. They have made great progress led by Dame Vera’s daughter, Virginia and son-in-law Tom. However, it is a very big project and taxpayer support is needed to complete the memorial. With taxpayer support for memorials being made available in the March Budget, Sammy Wilson MP believes the memorial to Dame Vera Lynn should be supported and taken forward.

Sammy Wilson MP said:

“Dame Vera Lynn was a great Briton who made an enormous contribution to our country. With just 3 out of 100 statues commemorating women, this memorial will make an important difference. It’s important the Government acts now to support this project and complete the memorial.”

Natalie Elphicke MP for Dover and Deal said:

“I am hugely grateful to have the support of Sammy Wilson MP for backing this important campaign. This national memorial would serve to inspire women and girls by telling Dame Vera’s story – her famous songs, her commitment to national duty in time of peril and helping others through charity and community work.”

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