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

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

Singer Dame Vera Lynn has become the oldest person to release a new album, after marking her 100th birthday by dropping a re-orchestrated record.

Two care homes - Silversprings in Thorrington and Haven Lodge in Clacton - are inviting people to join them on Monday to strike a chord to mark the landmark birthday of the forces' sweetheart.

Dame Vera Lynn is expected to beat rapper Drake to third place in the album charts.

"Celebrating Dame Vera's birthday is the ideal opportunity to let everyone share memories and have some fun".

Presented by Katie Derham, the programme takes viewers through Lynn's journey from singing in working men's clubs in London from the age of seven, to hosting her own radio show Sincerely Yours, where she passed messages between soldiers fighting overseas with their families at home.

As part of the birthday celebrations, children at Brampton Primary School - Dame Vera's old school in East Ham, east London - sang Happy Birthday to her via Skype.

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?

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Actress Lesley Joseph said: "Dame Vera you are a complete star and congratulations it's a wonderful, wonderful achievement".

'I feel so blessed to have reached this milestone and I can't think of a more meaningful way to mark the occasion'.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ken Clark, who leads the scheme, said: "We are delighted to be able to honour one of our most loved former residents in this way on her 100th birthday".

The record features re-orchestrations of some of her most famous songs including We'll Meet Again and (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover.

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?



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