Two World War 2 fighter planes soared over Ditchling to remember the late singer.
There were shouts of “hip hip hooray” from the crowd as a cortege bearing Dame Vera’s coffin – which was draped in a Union flag – made its way out of the village.
It was followed by a spontaneous rendition of We’ll Meet Again, one of the songs Dame Vera was well-known for.
The adored singer, who entertained troops with morale-boosting visits to the front line during World War2 , died aged 103 on June 18.
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