Dame Vera Lynn has spoken of her pride at her 100th birthday party for her Billingshurst-based charity.
The evening at the London Palladium on March 16 will raise money for the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.
Blake and Hayley Westenra, comedian Alexander Armstrong and renowned dancer and choreographer Robert Robinson are the first few names set to star in a one-night spectacular to celebrate Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday.
Dame Vera said: “To have reached my hundredth year is in itself an achievement – with all the many memories that one collects over the years, the different places and the wonderful people one meets and the many, many fans from across the world who have supported me. The show on March 18th will be but a tiny insight into my career from when I started professionally on stage at the age of seven, through the war years right up until the current day. So I want you to sit back and enjoy what for me has been an incredible adventure of song, dance and friendship.”
Dame Vera’s son-in-law retired Squadron Leader Tom Jones , one of the show’s producers, added:
“We are all incredibly excited to be celebrating Dame Vera’s milestone birthday with this star-studded show at The London Palladium. She remains so humble about her career, which touched the lives of so many troops and got them through some of their darkest days.
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming guests, friends, VIPs and dignitaries to the concert to celebrate – it will be a truly memorable night for all who attend.”
District Post News Editor Phil Dennett, who has met Dame Vera professionally and socially several times, said: “The thing that has always struck me about Dame Vera whenever I have met her is how down to earth she has remained despite her enduring fame. She knows her worth, but she has always remained modest about her considerable achievements.”
Dame Vera is credited for boosting the nation’s morale during the darkest days of World War II, and has been honoured countless times for her services to entertainment and charity. Her latest accolade came in the Queen’s 2016 birthday honours when she was made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour. The Dame Vera Lynn 100th birthday celebration – or 100: A Tribute to Dame Vera Lynn as it is entitled – is being held at the London Palladium on 18th March 2017. Tickets are on sale now priced from £50 and available from http://www.seetickets.com/show/100-a-tribute-to-dame-vera-lynn/pal/2/5169.