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Dame's fury at BNP using her song

PUBLISHED: 17:08 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:18 11 August 2010

FORCES Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn hit the headlines last week when she slammed the BNP party for selling her song s without her permission. The 91-year-old, who once lived in Upney Lane, Barking, is said to be furious that two of her hits are included on a

FORCES Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn hit the headlines last week when she slammed the BNP party for selling her song's without her permission.

The 91-year-old, who once lived in Upney Lane, Barking, is said to be furious that two of her hits are included on a compilation CD being sold on their on-line trading arm Excalibar.

Profits from the £4.95 album, which includes her version of The White Cliffs of Dover, plus All Alone in Vienna, go to the party's coffers.

The CD is not, however, compiled by the BNP and can be found on various other internet sites.

According to national papers Dame Vera is now considering legal action to have the CD removed from the site.

Her solicitor, Nigel Angel, reportedly told journalists the singer believes the songs were included without her approval. He also made it clear she did not align herself with any political party.

BNP deputy leader Simon Darby defended the sale of her songs.

He told the POST: "The CD is commercially available and Dame Vera does not have copyright on these tracks - so we have done nothing illegal.

"And by selling her songs we are in no way implying that she supports the BNP."

Mr Darby said they chose the album, which features a host of classic Second World War songs, because many of their members enjoy the nostalgia of the tracks.

He added: "We respect her and had she asked us to stop selling them in a reasonable way we may have considered it, but we don't buckle down when they come at us with such a heavy handed approach, threatening legal action.


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