Dame Vera Lynn, the wartime forces’ sweetheart, will next month become the first centenarian to release a record album, with a disc of newly-orchestrated versions of her most beloved songs.
Decca will release the LP on March 17, three days before Dame Vera turns 100, an event that will also be marked with a charity concert at the London Palladium.
The new disc comes eight years after Dame Vera became the oldest living artist to land a UK number one album and also marks her 93 years in the industry, having made her stage debut at the age of seven.
She is joined by a line-up of chart-topping British singers, including Alfie Boe on We’ll Meet Again, Alexander Armstrong on White Cliffs Of Dover and Aled Jones on As Time Goes By.
The album also features a previously unreleased version of Sailing - a surprise find as it was not widely known she had recorded the track.
Dame Vera said: “It’s truly humbling that people still enjoy these songs from so many years ago, reliving the emotions of that time - I was after all just doing my job as a singer - and it’s so wonderful for me to hear my songs again so beautifully presented in a completely new way.”