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

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

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

The legendary singer has now secured a world record for being the first singer in history to release a new album at the age of 100. Eight years ago, she became the oldest living artist to have a United Kingdom number one album.

"Vera Lynn 100" features Lynn's original vocals set to re-orchestrated versions of some of her most famous songs including "The White Cliffs of Dover" and "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart".

She was awarded the British War Medal 1939-1945 and the Burma Star.

In celebration of Lynn's centenary, a 350ft image of her will be projected onto the white cliffs of Dover.

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

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 Band of the Household Cavalry, a military band, played We'll Meet Again during the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace on Monday to mark Lynn's birthday.

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.

"I always looked at the lyrics first because I thought they were more important and, if I liked them, then I would look at the tune", she says.

Vera has also devoted much of her time to charity work, helping ex-servicemen, disabled children, and breast cancer What is Dame Vera Lynn famous for?

"It is an unprecedented honour to have my birthday marked in such a attractive way and I am truly thrilled by this wonderful gesture", the British singer said in a statement.

"I feel blessed to have reached 100, and I am humbled by everyone's kindness".

Lynn's daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones, shows Derham a selection of her mother's fan mail, which she still receives on a daily basis, including a birthday message from the late Queen Mother.