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Dame Vera Lynn 'delighted' to make top 20 aged 97

Dame Vera's album beat rapper 50 Cent on its debut. Credit: Zak Hussein/PA Archive

Dame Vera Lynn has said she is "delighted to have entered the top 20 at the age of 97, as she extended her lead as the oldest living artist to figure so high up in the album chart.

The Forces' Sweetheart released Vera Lynn: National Treasure - The Ultimate Collection this week to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on Friday.

The album, featuring more than 40 wartime songs including We'll Meet Again and The White Cliffs Of Dover, reached number 13 in the chart, beating the likes of Pharrell, the Arctic Monkeys and rapper 50 Cent whose new album missed out on the top 20.

Dame Vera said: "I am delighted of course. It is wonderful to hear these songs again that were at the top of the charts so long ago, and it's warming to think that everyone else is listening to them too."