The British Legion: D-Day Darlings

D-Day Darlings: Legion fundraisers on inspiring new generations through wartime music

After reaching the final of Britain's Got Talent, the UK’s Premiere Wartime Act spoke to us about their mission to pass the wartime spirit onto a new generation
If you watched ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent at the beginning of the month you can’t have missed the D-Day Darlings who got up at the London Palladium to perform wartime classics as pictures of their families who fought in WW1 and WW2 appeared in the background.
Britain's Got Talent, Saturdays, ITV
The group specialises in songs from the era of the Second World War and fundraises for The Royal British Legion, raising nearly £40,000 to date.
Founded 10 years ago by Katie Ashby, and after a huge amount of success performing at military events including The Legion’s Festival of Remembrance, at Royal Hospital Chelsea and for over 250 veterans on the Normandy Beaches, the group grew from a trio of three to a group of nine and are now through to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, after receiving a standing ovation for their performance on Saturday night.  
Katie explains, “We wanted to create a show that continues to commemorate the wars, remember the fallen heroes, and celebrate the veterans who fought for us. But we also want to continue to take the message forward, particularly to a new generation.”
“You can see the emotion in the veterans eyes as they sing along with us”
Reactions from veterans and their families inspires the D-Day Darlings performances.