Dame Vera Lynn has pledged support for an appeal by the National Trust to raise £1 million in three weeks to protect the White Cliffs of Dover.
The charity aims to buy 170 acres behind the clifftop that it secured in 2012. This will allow it to restore habitat and improve public access. The site includes a number of Second World War features, including two large gun emplacements.
Dame Vera, who was 100 in March and whose 1942 song The White Cliffs of Dover helped to forge her reputation as “The Forces’ Sweetheart”, said: “Those iconic white cliffs mean a great deal to so many people.”
The trust is using money from its Neptune coastal fund towards the purchase cost, and aims to raise a further £1 million by 22 September to secure the land. Donations arriving after that, or after the appeal has reached £1 million, will support continuing work to protect this site and other coastal landscapes.