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Tribute to Dame Vera Lynn beamed onto White Cliffs of Dover


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With the White Cliffs of Dover forming the backdrop to one of the country's most moving wartime anthems, there could be no better place to pay homage to the singing sensation behind it, Dame Vera Lynn, who died on Thursday.

The ballad's chorus: "There'll be bluebirds over, the White Cliffs of Dover, tomorrow, just you wait and see" was beamed onto the iconic cliffs tonight in tribute to the forces' sweetheart who died aged 103.

KMTV reports on the tribue

Permission was given by White Cliffs Countryside Partnership to allow the eulogy to be projected onto the cliff face from its Samphire Hoe Country Park - roughly 600m away.

Medway-based creative company, Kent Media Group, was commissioned by KM Media Group - which runs KentOnline - to set up the project.

Jack Wilson, from Kent Media Group, said the company used two lasers to help project Dame Vera’s lyrics onto the cliff side.

Dame Vera Lynn
Dame Vera Lynn

Mr Wilson said: "She was a British icon and these last few months her lyrics have really been brought to life, especially 'We’ll meet again'.

"We projected the NHS logo over the river at Rochester recently and this was too good an opportunity to turn down.

"We’re really proud we were asked to do this. It’s a lovely way to send her off."

The song was composed in 1941 by Walter Kent to lyrics by Nat Burton but was made famous in Vera Lynn's 1942 version.

It was among the most popular Second World War tunes.

Beamed laser tribute to Dame Vera Lynn on the White Cliffs of Dover at Samphire Hoe Country Park. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Beamed laser tribute to Dame Vera Lynn on the White Cliffs of Dover at Samphire Hoe Country Park. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Tonight's event is not the first time something has been projected onto the famous cliffs.

In October 2019, a company beamed the number of days until Brexit on to the White Cliffs of Dover in the form of a countdown.

In May this year the Prime Minister's face lit up the cliffs in a protest message over the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

The White Cliffs of Dover, lyrics in full:

There'll be bluebirds over

The white cliffs of Dover

Tomorrow

Just you wait and see

I'll never forget the people I met

Beamed laser tribute to Dame Vera Lynn on the White Cliffs of Dover at Samphire Hoe Country Park, Dover..Picture: Barry Goodwin
Beamed laser tribute to Dame Vera Lynn on the White Cliffs of Dover at Samphire Hoe Country Park, Dover..Picture: Barry Goodwin

Braving those angry skies

I remember well as the shadows fell

The light of hope in their eyes

And though I'm far away

I still can hear them say

Bombs up...

But when the dawn comes up

There'll be bluebirds over

The white cliffs of Dover

Tomorrow

Just you wait and see

There'll be love and laughter

And peace ever after

Tomorrow

When the world is free

The shepherd will tend his sheep

The valley will bloom again

And Jimmy will go to sleep

In his own little room again

There'll be bluebirds over

The white cliffs of Dover

Tomorrow

Just you wait and see

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