We’ll meet again at the record shop: Dame Vera releases new LP at 100

Dame Vera Lynn will celebrate turning 100 with the release of a new album.
Dame Vera Lynn will celebrate turning 100 with the release of a new album.
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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.”