Dame Vera Lynn: The Forces' Sweetheart turns 100

Mar 21, 2017, 00:35
Dame Vera Lynn: The Forces' Sweetheart turns 100

"Vera didn't attend but sent a recorded message". Here's what you need to know...

Susan Oates, who is home manager at Silversprings said: "We're are all looking forward to taking a walk down memory lane and having a good sing-along to celebrate Vera Lynn's milestone birthday".

Vera Lynn, 100, was born in East Ham on March 20, 1917.

The singer, songwriter and actress became hugely popular during World War Two and was widely referred to as "the Forces' Sweetheart".

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

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.

Lynn was also known for her charity work.

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

Films she has appeared in include: We'll Meet Again (1943), Rhythm Serenade (1943), One Exciting Night (1944) and Meet Again (2014).

She was given the title of Dame by Queen Elizabeth in 1975.

The record will feature new, orchestra-backed recordings of her beloved music - and will also make her the first singer to have released an album as a centenarian. Eight years ago, she became the oldest living artist to have a United Kingdom number one album.

Dame Vera Lynn has revealed her secrets for long life as she turns 100 - being active and "interested" in life.

Celebrations continue across the country today to mark Dame Vera's birthday There will be no bluebirds but instead her image will be projected on to the white cliffs of Dover in honour of the 1942 version of the song she made famous.

The landmark - the last sight of Britain for soldiers heading off to war and the first for those who returned - was immortalised by Dame Vera in a song that evokes the spirit of 1940s Britain even in people too young to remember.

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