Renowned wartime singer Dame Vera Lynn will celebrate turning 100 with the release of a new album.
The “forces’ sweetheart” – who buoyed the nation’s spirits in the Second World War – will mark the milestone with the record which features new re-orchestrated versions of her most beloved music alongside her original vocals.
Set to be released on March 17, three days before her birthday, it is thought the collection will make Dame Vera the first singer to have released a new album as a centenarian.
The album also features a previously unreleased version of Sailing – a surprise find as it was not widely known she had recorded the track.
The record comes eight years after Dame Vera became the oldest living artist to land a UK 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.
Dame Vera is joined by a line-up of chart-topping British singers on the album, including Alfie Boe on We’ll Meet Again, Alexander Armstrong on White Cliffs of Dover and Aled Jones on As Time Goes By.
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