ISLANDERS will feature in the 100th birthday celebrations for Dame Vera Lynn at the London Palladium tomorrow (Saturday) — including three of her great grandchildren.
Tobi and Sam Challis, both 17, will be among a group of Isle of Wight pupils from Ryde School’s CCF (Combined Cadet Force) performing ceremonial duties at the event, while Lucy Challis, 14, will perform with Island dance group Dance Vibez.
The evening is a representation of Dame Vera’s life, career and music in song, dance and a narrative that runs throughout the show.
They will be joined by members of all services, along with veterans, guests from Headley Court and the Chelsea Pensioners.
Music is being provided by the Royal Air Force Squadronaires of whom Harry Lewis, Dame Vera’s late husband, was a founder member. Stars performing include Russell Watson, Simon Callow, Bradley Walsh, Brian Blessed, Hayley Westenra, Anne Reid, Blake, Anthony Andrews, Clare Teal, Hannah Gordon and many more.
The Island will also be represented by Alan Titchmarsh and Stuttgart Ballet soloist Robert Robinson.
All proceeds are going to the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity, which has been supporting children and their families for more than 15 years.