Dame Vera Lynn To Release New Album Aged 97
Dame Vera Lynn is marking her 97th birthday by releasing a new album which includes recently rediscovered, unreleased songs.
The "forces' sweetheart" already holds a record as the first and only artist over the age of 90 to top the UK album charts, a feat she achieved in 2009.
But now the veteran star is to issue Vera Lynn: National Treasure - The Ultimate Collection on June 2 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which occurs four days later.
Dame Vera said: "I think it's wonderful that my songs are still enjoyed, especially if it encourages people to commemorate what happened 70 years ago.
"It's moving for me to relive those days, and humbling to know that people still think of me - after all, it was simply my duty to keep singing."
The album will bring together more than 40 of her morale-boosting songs from 1940-1945, including We'll Meet Again, The White Cliffs Of Dover and You'll Never Know, but also some of the unreleased tracks which have been uncovered by her daughter Virginia.
The songs have been remastered after being taken from the best available recordings. Some had only survived on the original 78rpm releases.
The release comes as Dame Vera also celebrates 90 years in showbusiness - a feat which will be difficult to match - after making her stage debut at the age of seven, and during a year of commemoration marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.