Honouring Dame Vera Lynn on Her 100th Birthday

by Wade Massey March 21, 2017, 0:32
Honouring Dame Vera Lynn on Her 100th Birthday

Lynn is best known for her songs We'll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover and There'll Always Be an England, which she sang for British troops stationed in Egypt, Burma and India during the Second World War.

Two care homes - Silversprings in Thorrington and Haven Lodge in Clacton - are inviting people to join them on Monday to strike a chord to mark the landmark birthday of the forces' sweetheart.

The new album will make her the first singer to have released an album as a centenarian.

Born on March 20, 1917 in East Ham, Vera was singing in public before her eighth birthday, and would impress the crowds with rousing renditions of classics.

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

"As we look to the white cliffs on Monday, I will be thinking of all our courageous boys", she said.

Her image on the cliffside was commissioned to mark her centenary and the release of her new album, Vera Lynn 100, which features re-orchestrated versions of her most beloved music alongside her original vocals.

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

Her new album, Vera Lynn 100, has shot into the charts at number 3, one place ahead of Toronto star Drake's More Life, according to the Official Charts Company midweek update.

She's also the oldest person ever to be added to a BBC Radio 2 Playlist with her cover of the Sutherland Brothers' 1972 song "Sailing".

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.

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".

In historian Simon Webb's book A 1960s East End Childhood, it also states: "The Kursaal also had one of the finest ballrooms in Europe - where Vera Lynn launched her career".

In 2000, she was named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the 20th century and previous year she was made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours list.

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