In the Sussex village of Ditchling we are mourning the loss of our long time resident, Vera Lynn. She was part of the village from the days when she would push, Virginia, her daughter in her pram to do some shopping in the High Street. She opened many a village fair and enjoyed sitting in the village barn gardens having tea with everyone else. Many a time she would be seen walking to the village shops with her husband, holding a wicker basket to collect a loaf of bread. They would stay to have a coffee in one of the coffee shops where she would be greeted as Mrs Lewis which she preferred to Vera Lynn when she was in Ditchling. Even though we have seen little of her in recent years it was always good to know she was here and we would notice the BBC equipment outside her house when there were wartime anniversaries. She will long remain a source of pride that she lived in our village for so many years. More ... Should you wish to add a memory to our tribute page, please contact us.