A STYLIST and personal shopper is going back to her dancing days to take part in a show honouring Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday.
Jane Busby, from Shoreham, is one of about 70 dancers in the reunited Second Generation dance troupe run by choreographer and director Dougie Squires.
They are among a host of performers taking to the stage at the London Palladium tonight.
The show will be focusing on different stages of the wartime singer’s life.
Second Generation will be dancing as part of the 1970s era.
Ms Busby said she had great memories of the time she worked with Mr Squires and everyone getting back together was like being 20 again.
She said: “I used to dance with the troupe when I was in my 20s so it has been great to see so many people from back then.
“We have people in their 50s, 60s and 70s taking part and we have been rehearsing hard.
“Dougie used to work with Dame Vera on her TV shows and we were delighted to be involved.
“I have performed at the Palladium before and it’s amazing to be going back there again.
“It is going to be a great night, especially as it is all for Dame Vera.
“She is such an icon and a wonderful person.”
Ms Busby, who works in Brighton, still dances regularly and does choreography for fashion shows and flash mobs that have taken place in the city.
She was a professional dancer for 15 years, working on TV and abroad.
100 – A Tribute of Dame Vera Lynn, celebrates the life of the singer, who lives in Ditchling.
She is best known for performing to troops across the globe during the Second World War with hits including We’ll Meet Again and the White Cliffs of Dover.
The event will raise funds for the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity and will include performances by Bradley Walsh, Aled Jones, the RAF Squadronaires and Wayne Sleep.
Comedian Alexander Armstrong will host the show.
Dame Vera, who will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Monday, released a new album yesterday to mark the occasion.
It features new, re-orchestrated versions of her most beloved songs alongside her original vocals.
The release makes Dame Vera the first singer to have released a new album as a centenarian.
A souvenir book has also been published by Puzzler Media in aid of the star’s Cuckfield-based charity.
It includes snapshots of the singer’s family life, including ones from her home.