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Wed 13th Jun 2018 at Midday

Mickie Driver

@ Mickie's Palace of Varieties, Wood Green, London

Also appearing: Mike Marandi, Lloyd Ellery, Swingtime Sweethearts

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"Yours": Mickie Driver, Mike Marandi, Lloyd Ellery, Swingtime Sweethearts

"Dame Vera Lynn is a much loved, iconic entertainer who helped to keep up the spirits of men and women in the Services and those on the Home Front through the dark years of World War Two.

From the age of seven she sang in Working Men’s Clubs and, from the age of 12, took up singing as a full time profession.

Our Centenary Tribute to Dame Vera covers her early life and career, through the Big Band era and the War Years, and then on to the Television Specials we loved so much in the 1970s.

We recall her tour through the Burma jungle to entertain the troops, her BBC programme ‘Sincerely Yours’ and the Daily Express poll of British Servicemen to name their favourite entertainer – they chose Vera Lynn and from then she was known as The Forces’ Sweetheart.

We tell of Dame Vera’s kindness to up and coming entertainers – Joan Regan and Norman Wisdom both proudly told of the help and advice they received. Her Charity work, especially that for children with Cerebral Palsy is recognised and, at our shows, we help to raise money for the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.

The highlight of “Yours” is a message from Dame Vera herself, recorded just after her 99th Birthday. Her excitement at, and help with this show has been invaluable and a joy to behold.

All of this preceded by a roast beef lunch. What value!"

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