THE private funeral service for Dame Vera Lynn will take place on Friday, it has been confirmed.

The cortège will leave the family home in Ditchling at 11.40am en route to Woodvale Crematorium north of Brighton.

The cortège bearing Dame Vera will pause at the crossroads in the centre of Ditchling to acknowledge her long and happy 50 year association with the village and to allow residents to pay their respects.

A flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, consisting of a Spitfire and a Hurricane will take place during the pause at noon, over the centre of the village.

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Finally the cortège will move on to the crematorium in Brighton where a route-lining party of Army, Navy and Airforce personnel will wait outside the chapel, together with a military bearer party ready to receive the coffin.

A bugler from the Royal Marines will provide a musical tribute inside the chapel.

The Ministry of Defence will be represented by a senior officer who along with the bugler and the small family group will be the only people to attend the funeral service.