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Dame Vera Lynn celebrates 97th birthday with new album launch

Dame Vera Lynn is 97 today. Photo: Dame Vera Lynn/ Decca Records.

Dame Vera Lynn is celebrating her 97th birthday today, and 90 years in show business.

The original "Forces' Sweetheart" has announced she will be releasing a new album to mark the occasion this June, on the 70th anniversary of World War II D-Day Landings.

The new album will include her classic "We'll Meet Again" from 1940, which was recently declared the first UK number 1 record, after official UK records before 1952 were published for the first time.

The new album will be released in June. Credit: Decca Records.

Dame Vera Lynn was the first British performer to top the US official charts with "Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart" in 1952, and having started her stage career at the age of seven, if the first person in music history to celebrate 90 years of show business.

ITV News' Nina Nannar spoke to Vera Lynn's daughter Virginia Lewis-Jones:

In 2009 she became the oldest living artist to have an official UK number 1, and her career in the charts has uniquely spanned the charts from the 1940s to the 21st century.

She insists her career was born out of duty, and says her ongoing popularity is humbling.

I think it's wonderful that my songs are still enjoyed, especially if it encourages people to commemorate what happened seventy years ago. It's moving for me to relive those days, and humbling to know people still still think of me - after all, it was simply my duty to keep singing.