Maria Caulfield MP has backed plans for a permanent memorial to armed forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn, as the plans were debated in the House of Commons.
During the debate the project was given the support of the government by Culture Minister Matt Warman MP. Currently three sites on Dover’s White cliffs are being looked at for the estimated £1.5 million memorial, which will be paid for by public donations.
Minister Matt Warman MP said during the debate “Whether Dame Vera was aiding former servicemen and women or working with children and schools, it is clear that she was a true public servant who helped people of all ages and backgrounds throughout her life. My hon. Friend the Member for Lewes [Maria Caulfield], has written to me personally to say that Dame Vera is much missed in her home village of Ditchling in Sussex, where she was a key figure in the local community.”
Maria Caulfield MP said “Dame Vera Lynn was a national treasure who supported the armed forces, children and so many charities and local projects throughout her long life. The impact that she had on our nation was clear to see following her death, especially locally in Ditchling where hundreds of her neighbours lined the streets to say farewell. A national memorial to Dame Vera has my full support, and I look forward to helping her daughter Ginny and son in law Tom make this a reality in any way possible.”
Funding for the project is due to start on the 18th June, the one year anniversary of Dame Vera Lynn’s death.