Captain Tom Moore pays tribute to Dame Vera Lynn who's died at 103

Dame Vera Lynn Credit: PA

Bedfordshire fundraiser Captain Tom Moore has paid tribute to Dame Vera Lynn, who died today aged 103.

Captain Tom, who raised millions for NHS charities this year with a sponsored walk in his garden, is a big fan of the wartime singer.

Famed for her hit We'll Meet Again, Lynn has entertained troops with morale-boosting visits to the front line during the Second World War.

She died in the early hours of this morning surrounded by her close friends and family.

Captain Tom said on Twitter:

Dame Vera, born in East Ham, east London, rose to popularity while performing for troops during the war in countries including Egypt, India and Burma.

Dame Vera had her own television show and toured the world - she remained an outspoken supporter of military veterans throughout her life.

Known as the Forces' Sweetheart, Dame Vera celebrated her 103rd birthday in March - releasing a video calling for the British public to find "moments of joy" during these "hard times".

In April, Captain Tom's charity single, You'll Never Walk Alone, knocked Vera Lynn's re-release of We'll Meet Again off the number one spot - something he said, made him feel bad as he was such a big fan.

  • Watch Captain Tom Moore talking about knocking Vera Lynn off the top spot in April