Sheffield Vera Lynn tribute collecting messages from fans to take to her idol

Lorrie Brown.
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A Vera Lynn tribute artist from Sheffield is preparing to meet her idol – and wants Sheffield residents to be involved.

Lorrie Brown, from Owlthorpe, is collecting messages from fans to present to Dame Vera when the pair meet at the end of February.

PA file photo dated 30/07/1956 of Dame Vera Lynn rehearsing for the radio show 'Sincerely Yours'. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 20, 2007. The Imperial War Museum is hosting a reception today to mark the 90th birthday of Forces Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn. Dame Vera, who kept up the spirits of millions with her songs and personality during the darkest days of the Second World War, will attend the lunchtime gathering in London along with a number of entertainers and war veterans. See PA story SHOWBIZ Vera. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire.

PA file photo dated 30/07/1956 of Dame Vera Lynn rehearsing for the radio show 'Sincerely Yours'. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 20, 2007. The Imperial War Museum is hosting a reception today to mark the 90th birthday of Forces Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn. Dame Vera, who kept up the spirits of millions with her songs and personality during the darkest days of the Second World War, will attend the lunchtime gathering in London along with a number of entertainers and war veterans. See PA story SHOWBIZ Vera. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire.

The 51-year-old will be at the city’s Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall tomorrow to collect messages from fans to give to ‘The Forces’ Sweetheart’.

The possibility of a Lorrie meeting came after 97-year-old Dame Vera wrote a letter to her praising the Sheffield singer for keeping her music alive.

Lorrie said: “At the end of the letter she said if I would like to meet her I should ring her daughter, Virginia.

“I have spoken to her and we are looking at possibly meeting her at the end of February.

“I sometimes perform in residential homes and mentioned to the residents about my letter and telling them about possibly meeting her.

“A few asked me to pass a message on to her, which gave me an idea to take a book around with me and if anyone wanted to.

“They could write a personal message to Dame Vera, which I will give to her when we meet.

“This has proved popular and I have several pages of messages to pass on to her when we meet.

“Many are beautiful and show the love the people of this country still have for a great lady.

“As many of the residents have poor eyesight and struggle to write, I have started recording video messages which I am going to put onto a DVD for her to watch.”

Lorrie has been a Vera Lynn tribute act for 20 years after getting into the business by accident when she started performing in residential homes – and would often be asked to perform Vera Lynn songs such as We’ll Meet Again.

Lorrie continues to perform across the country and was honoured at the 2013 National Tribute Awards.

Lorrie will be outside the Greggs store in Crystal Peaks, Waterthorpe, tomorrow, between 10am and 4pm, collecting messages.