Dame Vera Lynn celebrates 100th birthday with a new album!

 Dame Vera Lynn celebrates 100th birthday with a new album!

For most people reaching the grand old age of 100 is an achievement in itself but Dame Vera Lynn is celebrating this milestone by releasing an album.

Vera Lynn 100 comes out on 17 March, three days before her birthday. Some of her best-known songs have been re-orchestrated for the album, which features her original vocals.

She's breaking her own record in the process, having last put out an album at the age of 97, back in 2014.

Dame Vera told the BBC: "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."

The vocals of top British singers also feature on the album - Alfie Boe on We'll Meet Again, Pointless host Alexander Armstrong on White Cliffs of Dover and Aled Jones on As Time Goes By.

A previously unreleased cover of Sailing, made famous by Rod Stewart, also makes an appearance. It wasn't widely known that Dame Vera had recorded a version of the track.

As well as the new album, she will mark her centenary with a concert at the London Palladium on 18 March that will raise money for her children's charity.

Dame Vera has described turning 100 as "an incredible adventure of song, dance and friendship".

This won't be the first record broken by the forces sweetheart, in 2016 she become the oldest person to be awarded a Companion of Honour by Her Majesty the Queen.