Singer Vera Lynn, voice of hope in wartime Britain, turns 100
Mar 21 2017
The veteran star will reach the landmark age on Monday (20Mar17) and, to celebrate, she has teamed up with a variety of musicians including Alfie Boe and Aled Jones to create her album Vera Lynn 100.
Dame Vera, the oldest living artist to chart, has just Depeche Mode's Spirit and Sheeran's million-selling ÷ album between herself and the summit.
The 350ft image is being used to commemorate the 17 March release of her new album, Vera Lynn 100, which features new re-orchestrated versions of her music alongside her original vocals.
The record comes eight years after Dame Vera became the oldest living artist to land a United Kingdom number one album and also marks the wartime singer's 93 years in the industry as she made her stage debut at the age of seven.
It comes eight years after Dame Vera became the oldest living artist to land a United Kingdom number one album and marks an awesome 93 years in the industry after making her stage debut aged seven.
Speaking from her home in Ditchling, East Sussex, she thanked the pupils and recalled her "very good memories" at the school.
Born Vera Welch on March 20, 1917 in East Ham, east London, she has had a singing career spanning 93 years as she made her stage debut at the age of seven.
It was her work during the war that led her to become affectionately known as the Forces' Sweetheart.
There were no bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover as Dame Vera Lynn turned 100 today, but they received a makeover of a different kind.
Dame Vera marked her birthday with a family tea party and said in a statement: "I am truly overwhelmed by the wonderful messages, gifts and gestures that people have made to mark this milestone occasion with me".
"My wife said 'What's wrong with you?' and I couldn't begin to explain, because there's too much history".
A military-style salute and flag-waving carried on regardless, all in support of her children's charity but also celebrating the 100th birthday of our own Forces' Sweetheart.
Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ken Clark, who leads the scheme, said: "We are delighted to be able to honour one of our most loved former residents in this way on her 100th birthday".