Sheridan Smith close to tears after singing Vera Lynn at D-Day service – 'Such an honour'


Sheridan Smith was close to tears and admitted she was “getting emotional” on BBC News after singing Vera Lynn at the service in Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Speaking on-air, she said: “We all stick together and being out there signing ‘we will meet again, keep smiling through.’ There is such camaraderie here today, and, oh I’m getting emotional.”

She added: “But it is, and everyone is here together. We all pull together in times of need and you just feel that today.

“It is such an incredible experience and I got goosebumps honestly, it’s amazing.”

Ms Smith was choking up as she answered the questions live on-air.

Asked how she was feeling after the performance, she said: “I am shaking, it was such an honour.

“To be here with all the veterans and the Royal Family, it is such an honour that I got to sing with them.

“But, I was so nervous, I am still shaking.”

The commemoration on the south coast was held to honour the 75th anniversary of the day the Allied forced invaded Normandy, France in 1944.

The event was attended by international leaders and veterans, as well as the Royal Family.

During her speech, the Queen said “thank you” to all those who offered up “heroism, courage and sacrifice” to storm the beaches of Normandy in June 1944.

She said: “When I attended the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings, some thought it might be the last such event.

“But the wartime generation – my generation – is resilient, and I am delighted to be with you in Portsmouth today.

“Seventy-five years ago, hundreds of thousands of young soldiers, sailors and airmen left these shores in the cause of freedom.

“In a broadcast to the nation at that time, my Father, King George VI, said: ‘…what is demanded from us all is something more than courage and endurance; we need a revival of spirit, a new unconquerable resolve…’

“That is exactly what those brave men brought to the battle, as the fate of the world depended on their success.”

Prime Minister Theresa May also appeared at the event and read a letter from Captain Norman Skinner of the Royal Army Service Corps, to his wife Gladys on June 3, 1944.

The letter was in his pocket when he landed on Normandy’s Sword Beach on D-Day but he was killed the following day, leaving his wife and two young daughters.


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