Dame Vera, who lived in Ditchling, had many connections around the local area.
In April 2011 she came to St Peter’s Primary School, Henfield and sat in the garden with both Year 3 classes when they were studying World War 2. Her daughter Virginia accompanied her.
She chatted, answered questions, had tea and cakes, and sang “We’ll meet Again” with the children. Very probably her last public performance!
Class teacher Jane Stephenson remembers that Dame Vera was so happy to answer the children's questions and everyone was particularly amused when she told us that she and the Queen used to exchange news about their respective children. She said "We used to chat just like two mums at the school gates!"
Phil Dennett of Burgess Hill, journalist and former news editor for the Mid Sussex Times, who met Dame Vera professionally and socially also expressed his sadness at her death:
" I always found her down to earth and with a great sense of humour.
When she was the victim of a burglary many years ago she showed the same composure that got her through many tough times travelling in dangerous areas to entertain troops in World War Two.
Although she was rightly regarded as the Forces' Sweetheart, people should remember that she was tremendously successful in her own right as a singer. She was certainly a woman who knew her worth, but I always found her modest and charming."
The fond memories and Vera Lynn's music will live on for many years to come.
Picture of Dame Vera with Phil Dennett by Steve Robards