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Zoe Ball wipes away tears as she flies by at the funeral of Dame Vera Lynn

Zoe Ball wipes away tears while comforted by her boyfriend Michael Reed as she watches a Spitfire and Hurricane flypast at Dame Vera Lynn’s funeral

Zoe Ball was among the mourners at the funeral for Dame Vera Lynn’s funeral in Ditchling, Sussex, on Friday.

The TV presenter, who lives nearby in East Sussex, was pictured wiping away the tears as she watched a Spitfire and a hurricane before the funeral.

Zoë’s friend Michael Reed comforted the emotional star as they joined hundreds of other mourners along the village streets.

Emotional: Zoe Ball was one of the mourners at the funeral for Dame Vera Lynn's funeral in Ditchling, Sussex, on Friday, and attended the flyaway with her boyfriend Michael Reed

Emotional: Zoe Ball was one of the mourners at the funeral for Dame Vera Lynn’s funeral in Ditchling, Sussex, on Friday, and attended the flyaway with her boyfriend Michael Reed

49-year-old Zoe wore a blue-print dress and sunglasses while wiping away tears after seeing the flypast.

Her boyfriend’s 48-headed boss, Michael, put his arm around her and kissed her as they applauded the rest of the crowd.

The pair revived their romance earlier this year after a brief split in November.

Dame Vera Lynn, who risked her own life to entertain troops with morale-enhancing front-line visits during the conflict, died on June 18 at the age of 103, and on Friday the historic plane tore through the clear skies of East Sussex in a gripping tribute to one of Britain’s best known and most loved singers.

Tears: The TV presenter, who lives nearby in East Sussex, was pictured wiping away the tears as she flew to a Spitfire and Hurricane for the funeral

Tears: The TV presenter, who lives nearby in East Sussex, was pictured wiping away the tears as she flew to a Spitfire and Hurricane for the funeral

Tears: The TV presenter, who lives nearby in East Sussex, was pictured wiping away the tears as she flew to a Spitfire and Hurricane for the funeral

On her last trip to church in the picturesque village of Ditchling, mourners lined the streets to see the hearse carrying her coffin, wrapped in a Union Flag led by members of all three forces and followed by her family .

Her funeral aptly coincides with the 80th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain, in which the Royal Air Force defeated the Luftwaffe and repelled the invasion of Hitler’s troops in France.

Minutes after the funeral began, the Queen’s official Twitter account said, “Today marks the 80th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain, the battle that turned the tide of World War II. I remember the Battle of Britain fought in the air above us, and we will never forget the courage and sacrifice of the time. ” Her Majesty sent a private message of condolence to her family after her death.

Moment: Zoë's friend Michael Reed comforted the emotional star as they joined hundreds of other mourners along the village streets

Moment: Zoë's friend Michael Reed comforted the emotional star as they joined hundreds of other mourners along the village streets

Moment: Zoë’s friend Michael Reed comforted the emotional star as they joined hundreds of other mourners along the village streets

Tribute: On Friday, the historic plane tore through the clear skies of East Sussex as a poignant tribute to one of Britain's best known and best-loved singers

Tribute: On Friday, the historic plane tore through the clear skies of East Sussex as a poignant tribute to one of Britain's best known and best-loved singers

Tribute: On Friday, the historic plane tore through the clear skies of East Sussex as a poignant tribute to one of Britain’s best known and best-loved singers

Pay their respects: Zoe, 49, was dressed in a blue print dress and was wearing sunglasses while wiping away the tears after watching the flypast

Pay their respects: Zoe, 49, was dressed in a blue print dress and was wearing sunglasses while wiping away the tears after watching the flypast

Pay their respects: Zoe, 49, was dressed in a blue print dress and was wearing sunglasses while wiping away the tears after watching the flypast

Dame Vera became a symbol of freedom for the men, often thousands of miles from home and songs like ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ gave them hope in their darkest hours of ever returning to their loved ones in Britain.

And home hits like ‘There’ll Always Be An England’ gave millions the impression that better days were ahead when the Luftwaffe besieged British cities during the Blitz and threatened an invasion from France before the Allies dragged Hitler’s forces aside .

Although her music was a beacon of hope between 1939 and 1945, her words in ‘We’ll Meet Again’ resonated again in the current coronavirus pandemic where Her Majesty used them to inspire modern Britain to revive the spirit of his war generation and continue to fight the coronavirus crisis.

Tearfully: Her friend Costruction boss Michael, 48, put his arm around her and kissed her as they applauded the rest of the crowd

Tearfully: Her friend Costruction boss Michael, 48, put his arm around her and kissed her as they applauded the rest of the crowd

Tearfully: Her friend Costruction boss Michael, 48, put his arm around her and kissed her as they applauded the rest of the crowd

Historical day: the funeral of the poignant Dame Vera Lynn coincides with the 80th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain

Historical day: the funeral of the poignant Dame Vera Lynn coincides with the 80th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain

Historical day: the funeral of the poignant Dame Vera Lynn coincides with the 80th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain

Loss: Dame Vera Lynn, who risked her own life to entertain troops with morale-enhancing visits to the frontline during the conflict, died on June 18 at the age of 103

Loss: Dame Vera Lynn, who risked her own life to entertain troops with morale-enhancing visits to the frontline during the conflict, died on June 18 at the age of 103

Loss: Dame Vera Lynn, who risked her own life to entertain troops with morale-enhancing visits to the frontline during the conflict, died on June 18 at the age of 103

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