Forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn is due to celebrate her 100th Birthday in March. In the same month Sincerely Yours: The Vera Lynn Story is set to play Leeds City Varieties.
Yorkshire’s own Lorrie Brown has been performing her Vera Lynn tribute for over 20 years and in 2013 was honoured for her achievement by the Agents Association and named UK No.1 Vera Lynn Tribute. When Dame Vera heard of Lorrie’s award, she invited Lorrie to meet her at her home.
“It was both a dream and terrifying,” says Lorrie. “I have been performing the songs of this great lady for over 20 years; I have performed in football stadiums to 33,000 people and sung in some of the country’s finest theatres but this was the most nervous I have ever been. In the end she was a perfect host.”
The show starts with a tribute to the dance bands that launched Vera’s career and follows her life through WW2 and beyond. Along with songs and a live band in the show Lorrie talks about the work Dame Vera Lynn did and how she became the forces sweetheart and there is a personal filmed message from the Dame herself.
As an added bonus, the show is also supported by another wartime favourite and leading tribute act, ‘George Formby’.
Sincerely Yours: The Vera Lynn Story is at City Varieties Music Hall on Friday 24th March at 2.30pm. Ticket are priced at £16.75 with concessions available. Book online at cityvarieties.co.uk or call Box Office on 0113 243 08 08.