“To many across the world Dame Vera Lynn was a symbol of our greatest generation who put their lives on hold to rid the world of fascism and tyranny.
But to myself and local people in her home village of Ditchling she was so much more.
She was an active member of the community and a well-loved friend and neighbour.
She will be missed by so many people and remembered fondly for bringing joy and happiness through her music in the darkest of times.
Although we mourn and will miss ‘the forces’ sweetheart’ in the words of her famous song ‘we’ll meet again.’”