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Features | January 2018

At 100, Vera Lynn has written a book about entertaining the troops in Burma during the war. She sings ‘Silent Night’ to York Membery

It’s been quite a year for Dame Vera Lynn, the original Forces’ Sweetheart, who turned 100 in 2017. Her landmark birthday, on 20th March, was celebrated in style. A tribute concert – attended in a private capacity by the Queen – was staged in her honour at the London Palladium. Her image was projected on to the White Cliffs of Dover – immortalised in her wartime hit. In September, she helped rescue the cliffs, when she backed a successful National Trust campaign to raise £1 million to save them from development. To cap it all, her latest album, Vera Lynn 100 (on which her original vocals and fresh recordings by guest stars such as Alfie Boe have been added to newly orchestrated tracks), has sold more than 100,000 copies, making her the best-selling female artist of the year. ‘Yes, I don’t know how that came about,’ laughs Dame Vera. ‘It’s...

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