East Ham MP Stephen Timms today wished a Happy Birthday to one of East Ham’s most famous former residents – Dame Vera Lynn, who has reached 100 today. Dame Vera lived as a child in Ladysmith Avenue, East Ham – a fact highlighted in the street signs recently set up by Newham Council – and was a pupil at Brampton Primary School.
Mr Timms said: “I am delighted to add my voice to so many wishing Dame Vera well on this special day. She has always been proud of her roots in East Ham – she recently told the BBC journalist Michael Freedland ‘I’m a girl from East Ham’ – and we are proud of her. She has held a unique place in the nation’s affections for an amazing 75 years.”
Dame Vera visited Brampton Primary School to open a new parents’ room twenty years ago, and sent a video message to congratulate the school on its recent centenary. Today, children at the school sang a medley of Dame Vera’s songs – which was beamed to her home live in Sussex via a video link.
Mr Timms was in the Commons Chamber when the Speaker, John Bercow MP, started the day’s business by paying Dame Vera a birthday tribute. The first item of business was Questions to the Education Secretary. Mr Timms pointed out that Dame Vera had been a pupil at Brampton – and that Brampton, like every other school in Newham, will have its budget cut under the Government’s new funding formula.