Britain sings We'll Meet Again to mark VE Day 75

Britons across the nation join together to sing along to Dame Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again after The Queen’s speech as nation marks 75th VE Day anniversary

  • Britons join together by singing Dame Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again on VE Day 75
  • It follows a full day of broadcasting to mark 75 years since WWII ended in Europe
  • Celebrities came together to perform a socially distanced tribute on Friday

Voices from around the nation have joined together in song to mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Dame Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again rang out across Britain tonight as it marked Victory in Europe Day with a national singalong.

NHS staff, pharmacists, transport workers, serving veterans and workers from across Britain’s industries all sang to the country following the Queen’s speech at 9pm. 

Workers from across Britain all took part in a nationwide rendition of the wartime anthem

Nurses on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic spread a safe distance apart as they joined in the nationwide singalong

Rail workers joined in the nationwide effort to mark VE Day 75 on Friday night 

Voices rang out from fast food restaurant kitchens and all manner of other work places during the broadcast 

Firefighters in Croydon sang from their station donned in full kit to pay their respects on Friday

While the moving tribute played on TV’s, neighbours joined one another to sing in the street, while others filmed themselves singing along at home.  

An evening of VE Day-themed viewing on the BBC led up to an address by the Queen at 9pm, the exact time her father spoke to the nation 75 years ago. 

Actors, musical directors and choreographers came come together to perform an incredible socially distanced VE Day tribute from their doorways.

While the coronavirus pandemic may have put a stop to VE Day 75’s larger events, Brits have been out decorating their houses to mark the special anniversary of the German surrender.  

Earlier this week the Royal British Legion encouraged the public to take part in tonight’s singalong by getting celebrities to record their own renditions. 

Antony Cotton, Dame Joan Collins, Bill Bailey, Simon Williams, Alison Steadman, Ross Kemp and Elaine Paige all lent their voices to the cause. 

Katherine Jenkins sang the wartime anthem to an empty Royal Albert Hall alongside a video of the Forces’ Sweetheart earlier in the week.

We’ll Meet Again is considered one of the most poignant and inspiring songs of the Second World War, Dame Vera Lynn would sing it to soldiers as she travelled during the war. 

The song title featured at the end of the Queen’s address to the nation during the early weeks of the coronavirus lockdown. 

In an historic address, Her Majesty assured Britons: ‘Better days will return; we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.’

Dame Vera Lynn: Forces’ Sweetheart who boosted Britons’ morale in WWII

Dame Vera was born on March 20, 1917 in London and her singing career was already flourishing when war broke out in 1939.

She was awarded the title Forces’ Sweetheart following a poll in the Daily Express, and travelled thousands of miles – often at great personal risk – to entertain the troops.

She also had a BBC radio show on which she performed songs such as We’ll Meet Again, I’ll Be Seeing You, Wishing, and If Only I Had Wings.

Dame Vera became known as the Forces’ Sweetheart during WWII (she is pictured with a cardboard cut-out of her as a young woman

Dame Vera famously visited the Forgotten Fourteenth Army which was fighting the bitter Burma campaign, and in 1985 was awarded the Burma Star for her contribution to the war effort there.

When the war was over she retired from the stage and microphone to bring up her daughter, Virginia, at their home in Sussex, but she remained in demand.

She toured throughout the world, visiting the US, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Dame Vera once said: ‘I have never been terribly ambitious. I never wanted to be a Judy Garland or anything, and I wouldn’t change the way I used to sing.

‘If work came along I liked, I would do it. If it interfered with home life for too long or took me away, I wouldn’t.’

Dame Vera’s hits included We’ll Meet Again, I’ll Be Seeing You, Wishing and If Only I Had Wings (she is pictured in 1955) 

In 2002, she founded cerebral palsy charity the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity, based in Billingshurst, West Sussex, which provides support and education for affected families.

She is involved with many other charities throughout the UK and beyond.

She has received accolades throughout her life, including an OBE in 1969, a DBE in 1975, and in 1978 she was given the Freedom of the City of London.  

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