As forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn announces her new LP, due out just before her 100th Birthday in March, so City Varieties announces an award winning tribute show Sincerely Yours: The Vera Lynn Story is to play the same month.
The show is at City Varieties Music Hall for one performance only on Friday 24th March at 2.30pm; just four days after the Dame turns 100 and a week after the new LP is released.
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.”
“As soon as I entered the room she gave me a hug and congratulated me on my award. She was just so happy that I was keeping her music alive. We sat and talked for 3hrs about her time entertaining the troops and especially about her time in Burma – she had a very strong connection with the troops there and she was so proud to have been allowed to go out and entertain them.”
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.
Sincerely Yours: The Vera Lynn Story is supported by another wartime favourite and leading tribute act ‘George Formby’
It 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