The sweet natured 99-year-old was full of praise for the singer, revealing he saw her perform while serving in the Army during World War II. Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid asked him how he felt being this week’s number one single with his rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone with Michael Ball, beating Vera Lynn classic We’ll Meet Again in the process.
In a moment that will melt your heart, the Captain responded: ‘I feel rather sorry [I beat her], because she is such a super star, and has been on the top for so long.
‘She was so good, when I was at Burma, she came to Burma, and I saw her while she was out there. When we were in the firing line, Vera Lynn came down to see us all and gave us so much more additional heart.’
Piers then revealed that the war veteran had actually found himself a new fan in Dame Vera herself, who had personally written to him to congratulate him on his amazing fundraising.
At the time of writing, Captain Tom has raised £26.5million and counting for the NHS, with the number expected to his £30million by the end of the day.
‘I was absolutely amazed when I got this letter from Dame Vera, because she’s always been such a top person, backing up this country with her White Cliffs of Dover,’ Captain Tom told Piers.
‘Thank you very, very much Dame Vera, it is so kind of you and thoughtful to send me such a lovely note.’
‘I’m not going to tell you what she said,’ he then cheekily added to Piers, shutting down the journalist who cracked up laughing.
‘Quite right, too!’ Piers had to laugh.
In his continuing praise for the NHS, Captain Tom added: ‘The cause that we’re running for is so good, and our doctors and our nurses and the back up team are doing so very well.
‘Not looking for themselves, all the time they are putting themselves in danger, and serving all of their patients so very, very well.’
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News sourced from: Metro