‘I was just twenty-seven years old when I went to Burma. It was an experience that changed my life for ever. Up until that time I had not really travelled anywhere at all, apart from one touring visit to Holland with a band I was singing with before the war, and I had certainly never been in an aeroplane. But I wanted to make a difference, to do my bit.‘
And she did.
Written with her daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones, Keep Smiling Through is the powerful and life-affirming account of the time Dame Vera Lynn spent with troops in wartime Burma. Based in part on a diary she kept, alongside unpublished personal letters and photographs from surviving veterans and their families, it will explore why it was such a life-defining event for her and show how her presence helped the soldiers, airmen and others who heard her sing.