The White Cliffs Of Dover

By Freda Paten

All you need to know...

The White Cliffs of Dover form part of the British coastline. They face the Strait of Dover and France. These amazing cliffs are coloured by chalk and streaks of black flint, and reach 110 metres high. The cliffs spread east and west from the town of Dover, which is situated in the county of Kent, an ancient and still very important English port.

They have great symbolic value for Britain, as they face towards the mainland of Europe across the narrowest part of the English Channel. This is the channel in which invasions have previously threatened, so the cliffs are a symbolic guard. The warriors crossed here because it was the main route to the continent before air travel. They are also significant because the cliffs are the first and last thing that UK travellers see.

About the town of Dover and the county Kent.

The town of Dover lies in the county of Kent, which is in south-east England. Kent is one of the home counties, but its position in between the mainland of England and the Straight, led to it being in the front line of several conflicts, including the Battle of Britain during World War II.

A song written about the cliffs

This is a song written about the White Cliffs of Dover, which was sung by Vera Lynn.

There'll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.
I'll never forget the people I met
Braving those angry sky's
I remember well as the shadows fell
The light of hope in thier eyes
And though I'm far away I still can hear them say
Sun's up
For when the dawn comes up
There'll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.
There'll be love and laughter
And peace ever after.
Tomorrow, when the world is free
The shepherd will tend his sheep.
The valley will bloom again.
And Jimmy will go to sleep
In his own little room again.
There'll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.
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There'll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.