Strictly: Pros deliver emotional routine to honour Remembrance Sunday and late Dame Vera Lynn


Strictly Come Dancing fans were moved to tears on Sunday’s show as the professional dancers delivered an emotional routine to mark Remembrance Sunday. 

During the poignant performance, the pros honoured the late Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn, who passed away aged 103 in June.

The professionals also celebrated former British army officer Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised more than £33million for the NHS during the coronavirus crisis, during the emotional routine.

Emotional: Strictly Come Dancing fans were moved to tears on Sunday’s show as the professional dancers delivered an emotional routine to mark Remembrance Sunday

The routine features several of Lynn’s songs such as The White Cliffs Of Dover and her beloved We’ll Meet Again. 

Talking after the routine, co-host Claudia Winkleman said: ‘Thank you for that beautiful tribute to Dame Vera Lynn on Remembrance Sunday.’  

Services for Remembrance Sunday this year are greatly impacted due to the pandemic, with a full lockdown in England and other restrictions in place across the UK.  

Taking to Twitter after the performance aired, fans praised the dancers for the powerful routine and revealed they were left in tears.

Moving: During the poignant performance, the pros honoured the late Forces' Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn, who passed away aged 103 in June (pictured in 2020)

Pictured: Dame Vera in 1940

Moving: During the poignant performance, the pros honoured the late Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn, who passed away aged 103 in June (pictured in 2020, left, and 1940, right) 

Classics: The routine features several of Lynn's songs such as The White Cliffs Of Dover and her beloved We'll Meet Again

Classics: The routine features several of Lynn’s songs such as The White Cliffs Of Dover and her beloved We’ll Meet Again  

Amazing: The professionals also celebrated former British army officer Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised more than £33million for the NHS during the coronavirus crisis, during the emotional routine

Amazing: The professionals also celebrated former British army officer Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised more than £33million for the NHS during the coronavirus crisis, during the emotional routine

One person said: ‘#StrictlyComeDancing remembrance week always gets me emotional! What did you think of the opening dance ? #Strictly2020 #Strictly.’ 

A different fan put: ‘You can say what you like about #Strictly but they always know how to dance such an emotional and well choreographed performance in respect of #RemembranceSunday.’ 

Another follower commented: ‘Wow #Strictly The opening dance was truly emotional and a lovely tribute to Dame Vera Lynn #RemembranceSunday A mini movie Thank you @bbcstrictly.’ 

Tribute: Talking after the routine, co-host Claudia Winkleman said: 'Thank you for that beautiful tribute to Dame Vera Lynn on Remembrance Sunday.'

Tribute: Talking after the routine, co-host Claudia Winkleman said: ‘Thank you for that beautiful tribute to Dame Vera Lynn on Remembrance Sunday.’

Pandemic: Services for Remembrance Sunday this year are greatly impacted due to the pandemic, with a full lockdown in England and other restrictions in place across the UK

Pandemic: Services for Remembrance Sunday this year are greatly impacted due to the pandemic, with a full lockdown in England and other restrictions in place across the UK

Teary: Taking to Twitter after the performance aired, fans praised the dancers for the powerful routine and revealed they were left in tears

Teary: Taking to Twitter after the performance aired, fans praised the dancers for the powerful routine and revealed they were left in tears 

While a different person added: ‘What an emotional opening I’m in tears #Strictly.’    

As the clock struck 11am on Sunday, Boris Johnson, Prince Charles, Prince William and other member’s of Britain’s elite marked the two-minute silence before laying their wreaths.   

While celebrities David and Victoria Beckham, Tamara Ecclestone and Rebekah Vardy also marked Remembrance Sunday with poignant posts on social media.  

Memories: The Queen referenced the title of one of Dame Vera's most beloved wartime songs when she told the country, separated from family and friends during the first coronavirus lockdown: 'We will meet again.' (pictured together in 1973)

Memories: The Queen referenced the title of one of Dame Vera’s most beloved wartime songs when she told the country, separated from family and friends during the first coronavirus lockdown: ‘We will meet again.’ (pictured together in 1973) 

Dame Vera Lynn passed away aged 103 in June and she was laid to rest at a private funeral in July.    

A flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, consisting of a Spitfire and a Hurricane, took place during the pause at midday.

The Queen referenced the title of one of Dame Vera’s most beloved wartime songs when she told the country, separated from family and friends during the first coronavirus lockdown: ‘We will meet again.’

Respect: The Queen, Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson lead politicians and royals who paid their respects to Britain's war dead at the Cenotaph on Sunday

Respect: The Queen, Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson lead politicians and royals who paid their respects to Britain’s war dead at the Cenotaph on Sunday

Poppy appeal: While celebrities David and Victoria Beckham, pictured, Tamara Ecclestone and Rebekah Vardy also marked the day with poignant posts on social media

Poppy appeal: While celebrities David and Victoria Beckham, pictured, Tamara Ecclestone and Rebekah Vardy also marked the day with poignant posts on social media

She was also fondly remembered for singing The White Cliffs Of Dover, There’ll Always Be An England, I’ll Be Seeing You, Wishing and If Only I Had Wings, to help raise British spirits during the Second World War.  

Decades later her name is as enduring as that of Sir Winston Churchill as a figure who played a huge role in keeping up the spirits of a civilian population suffering under the Blitz and the troops training at home and fighting overseas.

Dame Vera, a humanitarian and entertainer, saw something of a resurgence during the current coronavirus pandemic with the Queen using her words ‘We’ll meet again’ to galvanise modern Britain during a time of struggle. 

Exit: Jason Bell became the second celebrity to be eliminated from this year's edition of Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday's results show

Exit: Jason Bell became the second celebrity to be eliminated from this year’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday’s results show

Elsewhere during the show, Jason Bell became the second celebrity to be eliminated from this year’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing.

The former NFL player, 42, and his professional partner Luba Mushtuk, 30, found themselves in the dance-off with Nicola Adams and her pro Katya Jones.

Yet Jason and Luba’s Paso Doble to the Star Wars Theme by John Williams failed to impress the judging panel made up of Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood. 

Strictly Come Dancing returns next Saturday at 7:10pm on BBC One. 

Struggle: Dame Vera, a humanitarian and entertainer, saw something of a resurgence during the current coronavirus pandemic with the Queen using her words 'We'll meet again' to galvanise modern Britain during a time of struggle

Struggle: Dame Vera, a humanitarian and entertainer, saw something of a resurgence during the current coronavirus pandemic with the Queen using her words ‘We’ll meet again’ to galvanise modern Britain during a time of struggle 

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