Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Culture | By Elsie Buchanan

Singer turns 100 with stunning White Cliffs of Dover tribute

Singer turns 100 with stunning White Cliffs of Dover tribute

There were no bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover as Dame Vera Lynn turned 100 today, but they received a makeover of a different kind.

Dame Vera, serenaded by pupils at her former primary school as she marked her centenary, told Chris Evans on Radio 2: "When I look on my mantelpiece and see these cards wishing me a happy 100th birthday I can't believe it, but there you are, time marches on".

"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 continued to sing and appear on television after her return from Burma, eventually becoming the first British artist to make number one in America.

Lynn has been in the industry for 93 years, making her stage debut at just seven years old.

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

A military-style salute and flag-waving carried on regardless, all in support of her children's charity but also celebrating the 100th birthday of our own Forces' Sweetheart.

"We'll Meet Again" was the titular song for the 1943 film loosely based on her life.

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?

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".

She was also given an OBE in the 1969 New Year Honours and was later advanced to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 1975 Queen's Birthday Honours for charitable services. In 2000, she won a special "Spirit of the 20 Century" Award.

"The cliffs were the last thing they saw before heading off to war and, for those fortunate enough to return, the first thing they saw upon returning home".

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