How Dame Vera Lynn became a lasting symbol of hope, plus a warning on childrens’ mental health as they return to school

The ‘force’s sweetheart’, Dame Vera Lynn, has died aged 103. She became a symbol of hope and inspiration for those on the front line of World War Two, and again this year, when the Queen evoked the lyrics in her beloved song ‘we will meet again’ as she rallied the nation in the face of a global pandemic. The head of the Armed Forces charity SSAFA, Sir Andrew Gregory, tells us how Dame Vera’s charm spanned generations.

And, the Duchess of Cambridge has a message for the nation’s children as they prepare to return to school: your feelings of frustrations will pass, be kind to one another. She’s tapped in to a serious message from the Harris Federation, who have noticed children are withdrawn and even frightened of returning to the classroom. Director of secondary education Carolyn English tells us this only adds to the argument for schools to reopen quickly.


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