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Dame Vera Lynn fans love fitting tribute to wartime star

Dame Vera Lynn fans love fitting tribute to wartime star

Dance Vibez and Wayne Sleep, who will be among those performing at the London Palladium to mark Dame Vera Lynn's 100th birthday.

The White Cliffs of Dover are set to receive a temporary makeover in honour of Dame Vera Lynn.

But the 40mph winds did not deter veterans, re-enactors and the Singing Sweethearts serenading Dame Vera as they sang Happy Birthday.

Marie Reeve, home manager, said: "Singing can be a powerful reminiscence activity, and Vera Lynn has written a number of iconic songs that many residents are likely to have grown up listening to".

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

Dame Vera has always been a staunch supporter of the British troops, so she was understandably distressed to learn that pigeons - loyal birds who served their country by delivering vital messages during both world wars - are being shipped to the Continent each year before being forced to fly across the hazardous English Channel.

Throughout her career, Lynn has been recognised with various awards.


Dame Vera, the oldest living artist to chart, has just Depeche Mode's Spirit and Sheeran's million-selling รท album between herself and the summit. During the height of the war, she was given her own radio show in which she sent messages to British soldiers serving overseas.

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

She told the students: "I have very happy memories of my days at Brampton Park school and I do hope that you're happy there now".

The record features re-orchestrations of some of her most famous songs including We'll Meet Again and (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover.

The image of the singer was commissioned to mark Dame Vera's special birthday on the 20th March, and the release of her new album, Vera Lynn 100, which features re-orchestrated versions of her most popular songs alongside her original vocals.

Her last public performance was in 1995, at a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day that was held in front of Buckingham Palace with the Queen looking on, when crowds sang along with Lynn and waved British flags.