Vera Lynn turns 100

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Vera Lynn turns 100

Debbie Jenner and Julie Kirk appeared alongside 70 of Dougie Squires ex-Young and Second Generation dancers in a tribute to Dame Vera Lynn at the London Paladium on Saturdat to celebrate her 100th birthday. It is thought that the record's release on Friday (17Mar17) makes her the oldest act in history to debut a new album.

They included her much-loved wartime songs We'll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover, backed by an acoustic guitar.

To celebrate her 100th birthday, Dame Vera released an album on Friday featuring new re-orchestrated versions of her most beloved music alongside her original vocals.

Forty mile per hour winds and a wet low mist didn't dampen spirits as veterans, re-enactors and the Singing Sweethearts serenaded Dame Vera and sang happy birthday.

She began performing at the age of seven and gave up school aged 11 to start touring.

Among British Servicemen she became known as the "Forces" sweetheart'.

They had one daughter, Virginia Penelope Anne Lewis, who now manages her mother's career.

"I wonder if she ever heard me on the radio after that".

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Dame Vera Lynn, who turned 100 today, became famous for singing about bluebirds and nightingales, but it's pigeons and geese who have benefited the most from her kindness.

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Television judge Robert Rinder thanked the centenarian for her efforts during the war.

Lynn was also known for her charity work.

"Dame Vera Lynn boosted the nation's morale during the darkest days of the war", Cllr Clark added.

Speaking of her achievements, Lynn said, "It is an unprecedented honour to have my birthday marked in such a handsome way and I am truly thrilled by this wonderful gesture".

"I feel so blessed to have reached this milestone and I can't think of a more meaningful way to mark the occasion", she said.

The Queen, who during World War Two learned to be a driver and a mechanic while serving in the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service, sent a 100th birthday message to Lynn.

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