Dame Vera Lynn: Woman of the Year

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Dame Vera Lynn – who has enjoyed more UK hit singles than any other British female vocalist – has received a lifetime achievement award at the annual Women of the Year event in London.

The 92-year-old, who recently became the oldest living artist to top the UK album chart, received her prize from classical music star Katherine Jenkins.

“It’s lovely to be recognised all those years after the event,” said Dame Vera at the awards ceremony. “I’m still very proud of the fact that ‘We’ll Meet Again’ is a song that has gone around the world. What better words can you have when your loved one has gone to war and you leave your family behind?”

The ‘forces’ sweetheart’, who kept up the spirits of millions of soldiers during World War II, urged contemporary pop stars to do more to support British troops abroad.

Dame Vera’s greatest hits album, We’ll Meet Again – The Very Best of Vera Lynn, went to number one for one week in September 2009 – outselling the Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and even The Beatles’ re-mastered studio albums.

Universal Music is aiming to emulate the success of that album with the release of what it claims is “the most comprehensive collection of her recordings ever released”. Titled Vera Lynn – Gold: 100 Songs From A Life In Music, the new 5-CD box set includes many re-mastered tracks which are being made available on CD for the first time.

The album features almost all of Dame Vera’s hit singles – including her number one hits: ‘We’ll Meet Again’, ‘Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart’, ‘My Son My Son’, ‘It Can’t Be Wrong’, and ‘We’ve Come A Long Way Together’.

Also included are unforgettable classics like ‘The White Cliffs Of Dover’, ‘It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow’, ‘Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye’, and ‘A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square’.

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