Dame Vera Lynn has urged the nation to “keep smiling and keep singing” as she celebrates her 103rd birthday.
The Forces’ Sweetheart marked the March 20 milestone by unveiling a new video to her much-loved song We’ll Meet Again, which was originally released in 1939.
She also shared a special message with her fans.
"Music is so good for the soul ... keep smiling and keep singing” - Dame Vera Lynn lifts the nation’s spirits yet again with a new video for ‘We’ll Meet Again’ on her 103rd birthday 🎉 Watch and listen here https://t.co/eBoIZkyT87 pic.twitter.com/OYbevXgBDx
— Dame Vera Lynn (@VeraLynnDecca) March 20, 2020
The message was recorded at the English singer’s home and sees her reference the coronavirus pandemic, as she reminds people that music “is so good for the soul”.
Dame Vera, who was hugely popular during the Second World War, said: “We are facing a very challenging time at the moment, and I know many people are worried about the future.
“I’m greatly encouraged that despite these struggles we have seen people joining together.
“They are supporting one another, reaching into the homes of their neighbours by offering assistance to the elderly and sending messages of support and singing into the streets.”
The star – who was born in Essex in 1917 - went on: “Music is so good for the soul, and during these hard times we must all help each other to find moments of joy.”
“Keep smiling and keep singing,” she urged.
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The new video features original archive footage of Dame Vera performing the popular song, alongside new visuals.
Dame Vera’s other songs include My Son, My Son and The White Cliffs Of Dover.