Worthing High School students interview Dame Vera Lynn at her home in Ditchling
PUBLISHED: 14:34 07 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:15 20 February 2013
Two Year 9 students, Niamh Jarvis-Smith and Gary Thompson, had the fantastic opportunity of interviewing Dame Vera Lynn for Ferring radio station recently
Year 9 students Niamh Jarvis-Smith and Gary Thompson were very nervous about meeting the Forces Sweetheart but were thrilled to have the chance to interview the iconic singer. After researching her lengthy career, they came up with some questions to ask her at her house in Ditchling near Brighton.
Josh Tillott, Leader of History at Worthing High School said After being welcomed by Dame Vera and her daughter, Virginia, we sat down for tea and biscuits. The interview began and Dame Vera spoke about her experiences growing up as a child singing in working mens clubs in the East End of London and how her singing career, inspired by her mother, progressed. She recalled her experiences of the war and how she drove around London in her green Austin Healey during the Blitz, narrowly escaping bombs dropped from German planes. She also spoke about visiting front line troops, especially in Burma where she described conditions as hugely difficult due to the scarcity of food and water. Finally, she talked about her recent experiences of becoming a Dame, releasing a greatest hits album which went to number one in the charts, and her work as president of the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy.
The interview was organised by Steve Burt who runs a new community radio station, Ferring Country Radio. The interview was recorded and will be broadcast on the station. Ferring Country Radio is broadcasting in November and December of this year, on 87.7 FM Stereo to households within a six mile radius of Ferring. This covers all of Worthing, Littlehamptonup to Washington, as a minimum. WSCChas funded the venture which is being run and organised by clients who have learning difficulties and attend the Ferring Country Centre. They have set up a studio at the centre and have involved the whole community in the project.
Photographs by Jamie Peacock