Dame Vera's nearly 100...but where did it all begin?

Patricia Morison Dame Vera Lynn and Kirk Douglas

On the occasion of the singer's 100th birthday, her image will be projected on the iconic location as part of the celebrations.

She is already the oldest living artist to land a United Kingdom number one album and her recording company, Decca, hopes she will extend that record with the new album.

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

It will also symbolise the release of her new album, Vera Lynn 100.

In the programme, Dame Vera explained that she had only tried to take singing lessons once in her career to extend her range, but that they had not gone well.

Sir Patrick Stewart has led tributes to Dame Vera Lynn as she celebrates her 100th birthday, admitting that her music still makes him cry.

Speaking from her home in Ditchling, East Sussex, she thanked the pupils and recalled her "very good memories" at the school.

In 1953, she formed the cerebral palsy charity, SOS and in 1976, the Vera Lynn Charity Breast Cancer Research Trust was founded with Lynn becoming its chairperson and later its president.

In honour of Dame Vera's milestone birthday, footage of her performing her classic song will be appear on the White Cliffs of Dover.

The Forces' Sweetheart told the BBC documentary about the stories behind her rise to global fame, including her posting with the Entertainments National Service Association in 1944.

During her early 20s Dame Vera earned herself the name of the Forces' Sweetheart after she travelled long distances, often at great personal risk, to entertain troops and provide them with messages of hope.

Actress Lesley Joseph said: "Dame Vera you are a complete star and congratulations it's a wonderful, wonderful achievement".

It is not her first time in the record books either as Dame Vera became the oldest person to have a United Kingdom number 1 album in 2009 with We'll Meet Again.

Lynn was also known for her charity work.

Like all Britons who reach 100, Lynn will receive congratulations from Queen Elizabeth II.



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