Nine women dressed in historical military costuming with their hair pin-rolled just like from years ago took the stage at Britain’s Got Talent. Their appearance was intriguing, but once they began to sing, the audience and judges were hooked.
Alesha, David, Amanda and Simon studied the singers intently. They stood in a V formation, arms locked behind their backs, clouds rolling behind them on the screen as a visual effect.
The audience joined in the patriotic theme by waving red, white and blue glow sticks back and forth. Known as a wartime choir called The D-Day Darlings, the group of women stoically stood before everyone and sang a Vera Lynn classic “The White Cliffs of Dover.”
Originally a poem written decades ago by Alice Duer Miller, “The White Cliffs of Dover” was made into a 1944 motion picture. It also was created for the theatrical stage.
The patriotic song tugged at people’s heartstrings decades ago and still does today. The lyrics conjured up images of wartime from long ago.
“I’ll never forget the people I met braving those angry skies. I remember well as the shadows fell the light of hope in their eyes. And though I’m far away I still can hear them say ‘bombs up.'”
The D-Day Darlings started out singing short solos, then converted to a glorious multi-part harmony. Their voices sounded spectacular together.
The group started singing originally as a trio in 2008. The members have family ties to the Armed Forces, including founding member Katie Ashby’s grandfather Clifford Storr, who was an RAF Flight Navigator for the Lancaster Bomber.
They focus on performing classic World War II songs and have made special appearances at historical sites and events, such as the Imperial War Museum. For Britain’s Got Talent, they not only wowed everyone with their impressive vocals, but they had a surprise at the end that brought tears to some people’s eyes.
At the 1:55 mark, red and blue confetti fell from the sky like flakes of snow. Then, dozens of military veterans wearing their uniforms slowly made their way out onto the stage.
Some navigated the steps just fine; others needed the help of a cane. They took their place proudly in front of the women singing and the crowd treated them to a rousing round of applause, leaping to their feet.
The judges also gave the soldiers and singers a standing ovation. Then the camera panned to the crowd, highlighting active military who stood strongly in the audience.
It’s an incredibly moving performance and you won’t want to miss it!