Happy 100th Birthday, Dame Vera Lynn

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Dame Vera Lynn becomes oldest artist in history to release a new album

A 350 foot image of the singer - who is widely known as the Forces' Sweetheart - will be seen in Kent and Spitfires will fly overhead to honour her famous 1942 song White Cliffs of Dover.

Dame Vera has released 22 original albums, the first one came out in 1949 and was called Sincerely Yours and the last one was called Vera Lynn Remembers, released 1984.

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".

"As we look to the white cliffs on Monday, I will be thinking of all our fearless boys", she said.

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) How old is Dame Vera Lynn?

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.

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Television judge Robert Rinder thanked the centenarian for her efforts during the war.

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The centenarian, who was born in East Ham in east London and who would have attended the school in the mid to late 1920s, 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.

Hailing the projection as an "unprecedented honour", Dame Vera said: 'I am truly thrilled by this wonderful gesture.

The Queen, who during World War Two learned to be a driver and a mechanic while serving in the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service, sent a 100th birthday message to Lynn.

She has previously described the prospect of reaching 100 as "an incredible adventure of song, dance, and friendship".

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