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Dame Vera Lynn to release new album
Updated 8:19am Thursday 20th March 2014 in News
Dame Vera Lynn is to release a new album - as she turns 97.
The "forces' sweetheart" - who buoyed the nation's spirits in the Second World War - will bring out a new collection, which includes unreleased songs which have recently been rediscovered.
Dame Vera - who celebrates her birthday today - already holds a record as the first and only artist over the age of 90 to top the UK album charts, a feat she achieved in 2009.
The veteran star, who lives near Ditchling, will issue Vera Lynn: National Treasure - The Ultimate Collection on June 2 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which occurs four days later.
Dame Vera said: "I think it's wonderful that my songs are still enjoyed, especially if it encourages people to commemorate what happened 70 years ago. It's moving for me to relive those days, and humbling to know that people still think of me - after all, it was simply my duty to keep singing."
The album will bring together more than 40 of her morale-boosting songs from 1940-1945, including We'll Meet Again, The White Cliffs Of Dover and You'll Never Know, but also some of the unreleased tracks which have been uncovered by her daughter Virginia.
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