Vera Lynn left some pretty big high-heeled shoes to fill but apparently Richard Rhodes is the man to fill them.

Rhodes, who goes by the stage name of Cookie Monstar, is the first drag queen to have earned the title of “Forces Sweetheart” for entertaining British troops. Given what I’ve seen at Suffield of squaddie humour and the love of British troops for a good laugh, I can’t say I’m shocked, surprised, or disillusioned. As my brother the Mad Colonel observed, it’s quite the contrast from the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell attitude.

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