She's 100! Britain marks singer Vera Lynn's landmark day

Dame Vera Lynn

Dame Vera Lynn said that she was "thrilled by this wonderful gesture" after her image was projected on to the white cliffs of Dover to mark her 100th birthday today.

Two care homes - Silversprings in Thorrington and Haven Lodge in Clacton - are inviting people to join them on Monday to strike a chord to mark the landmark birthday of the forces' sweetheart.

Event co-ordinator Debbie Hewitt recorded the patients' memories of Dame Vera and plans to send them to the singer.

Broadcaster Eamonn Holmes said his interviews with the singer had "always been a privilege and a pleasure", adding: "You are, without doubt, a living legend".

Older patients being cared for at Basildon University Hospital raised a teacup in honour of Dame Vera Lynn, who was known as the forces' sweetheart during the Second World War.

ISLANDERS will feature in the 100th birthday celebrations for Dame Vera Lynn at the London Palladium tomorrow (Saturday) - including three of her great grandchildren.

Dame Vera turned 100 on March 20 and marked the occasion by releasing a new album.

Sheeran's record Divide, which became the fastest-selling album by a male artist in the United Kingdom, is set to stay at the top of the album chart, followed by Depeche Mode's Spirit at number two. During the height of the war, she was given her own radio show in which she sent messages to British soldiers serving overseas.

Lynn's daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones, shows Derham a selection of her mother's fan mail, which she still receives on a daily basis, including a birthday message from the late Queen Mother.

"My wife said 'What's wrong with you?' and I couldn't begin to explain, because there's too much history".

It is an unprecedented honour to have my birthday marked in such a handsome way and I am truly thrilled by this wonderful gesture.

She also praised the students for a "very well sung" medley and was virtually presented with a vanilla sponge cake shaped into the number 100.

She has previously described the prospect of reaching 100 as "an incredible adventure of song, dance, and friendship".

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