Dame Vera Lynn has broken ties with a 75th anniversary D-Day concert after its organisers were accused of ‘dancing on the graves of the dead’.
The Forces’ Sweetheart, 101, asked for her name to be removed from the website for the event after veterans and their families slammed the event as ‘disrespectful’.
Due to take place on June 6 next year, the Liberty Concert will take over Sword Beach in Normandy with the aim of ‘stimulating people to stand up again for peace and freedom’.
After hearing the plans for the concert, veterans set up a petition to have the event moved to a ‘more sensible location’ which has gained more than 1,000 signatures.
The petition reads: ‘They will be partying on the very ground that hundreds of men lost their lives 75 years before fighting for our freedom, where families have scattered ashes of loved ones who fought on that beach, and where returning veterans want to go but will be unable to.