Spalding artist pays tribute to Dame Vera to celebrate VE Day anniversary

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A Spalding artist has visited the home of Dame Vera Lynn to present her with a print of a painting entitled ‘We’ll Meet Again’.

It shows the wartime singer Dame Vera with veteran pilots of the Battle of Britain in front of a Spitfire at the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Britain in London in 2010.

Ken Rush (84), of Ambleside Drive, is a member of the Guild of Aviation Artists and is exhibiting in its summer exhibition at the Mall Galleries in July.

He and his wife, Jean, travelled to Sussex to present the painting to Dame Vera in celebration of the 70th 
anniversary of VE Day, just following an ITV news crew.

They were on the road for just over 11 hours but managed to get back in time to see Dame Vera on the ITV news.

Ken said: “It was a great honour to meet Dame Vera. She has been part of our lives since we were children.

“At 98 she is an icon and a symbol of everything that the Second World War represents. She is also a great and wonderful lady and I’m pleased to say she loves the picture.

“I told her that her scarves she wore that day took a long time to paint, which amused her.”

The veterans pictured with Dame Vera are (left to right): Flight Lieutenant Walker, Flight Lieutenant Drever, Wing Commander Neil, Wing Commander Foster, Flying Officer Wilkinson, Squadron Leader Rose, Flight Lieutenant Burns and Squadron Leader Wellum.

Limited edition signed prints of the Battle of Britain painting will soon be offered for sale on the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for children with cerebral palsy website at

I told her that her scarves she wore that day took a long time to paint, which amused her

Artist Keith Rush