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Dame Vera at 100: Birthday celebrations

Dame Vera Lynn spoke via internet link to children at her former school today as celebrations continued to mark her 100th birthday.

We hear from Dame Vera and speak to wartime veteran Bob Piper, and Pilar Cloud from the Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity. We also remember the man who wrote White Cliffs of Dover, Walter Kent.

Dame Vera 100th birthday wishes beam from White Cliffs of Dover

Dame Vera's 100th birthday tribute on the White Cliffs of Dover

A 350 feet high projection has been beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover to mark the 100th birthday of Dame Vera Lynn today.

The image of the singer was commissioned to mark Dame Vera's special birthday on the 20th March, and the release of her new album, Vera Lynn 100, which features re-orchestrated versions of her most popular songs alongside her original vocals.

The singer, who lives in the Sussex Downs, has become a national icon since entertaining the troops during World War Two, and boosting the morale of the nation - with musical hits including 'The White Cliffs of Dover' and 'We'll Meet Again'.

Dame Vera Lynn celebrates a big birthday today Credit: PA


Dame Vera Lynn to feature in VE Day anniversary

Dame Vera Lynn during the launch of the 2009 Poppy Appeal Credit: Zak Hussein/PA Wire

Dame Vera Lynn is set to feature in the 70th anniversary of VE Day in May.

The 97-year-old singer from Ditchling, East Sussex, is reported to be involved in the planning of the celebrations to mark the end of the Second World War on May 8.

Dame Vera will be consulted over the arrangements and is likely to provide either a written tribute statement or video message, according to reports in The Mail On Sunday.

The singer, who will celebrate her 98th birthday on Friday, is now too frail to travel to events at the end of her incredible career spanning 80 years.

Dame Vera joins Katherine Jenkins to make a wartime hit

Almost three-quarters of a century after Dame Vera gave the nation inspiration in the Second World War with the song, a new version has been put together to create a virtual duet.

Jenkins, who shares a record label with the veteran star, has recorded a new vocal which has been grafted on to the original by studio wizards.

The new duet will also be brought to life during the week of the album's release when Jenkins performs at the D-Day 70 Years On concert at the Royal Albert Hall on June 6 for BBC Radio 2, accompanying original footage of Dame Vera.