Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

New street signs to honour Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th birthday

New street signs to honour Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th birthday

With one of her previous albums, a "best of" compilation released in 2009, Lynn became the oldest living artist to have an album reach the number one spot in United Kingdom charts.

Dame Vera Lynn celebrated her 100th birthday with a trip down memory lane as pupils at her former primary school sang Happy Birthday and performed some of her songs.

On the day the wartime forces' sweetheart turns 100, her image has been projected on to the cliffs, 350ft high.

Holding her medal of the Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour at her home in Ditchling, East Sussex.

Forty mile per hour winds and a wet low mist didn't dampen spirits as veterans, re-enactors and the Singing Sweethearts serenaded Dame Vera and sang happy birthday.

Lynn is best known for her songs We'll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover and There'll Always Be an England, which she sang for British troops stationed in Egypt, Burma and India during the Second World War.

Dame Vera, who made her stage debut at the age of seven, was asked the secret of living to a good age.

Her 2009 compilation We'll Meet Again, which shares its name with one of her biggest global hits, made her the oldest living artist to top the United Kingdom album charts.

They had one daughter, Virginia Penelope Anne Lewis, who now manages her mother's career.

Speaking to BBC Radio 2, she added: "While you can do that, I hope you will continue".

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

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. The event comes just two days after a celebration musical evening in the London Palladium, with all proceeds going to her children's charity.

It is not the first time Lynn has broken records.

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

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