VERA Lynn is to release a new album – as she turns 97.
The "forces' sweetheart" – who buoyed Britain's spirits in the Second World War – will bring out a new collection, which includes unreleased songs which have recently been rediscovered.
Lynn (inset) – who celebrates her birthday today – already holds a record as the first and only artist over the age of 90 to top the UK album charts, a feat she achieved in 2009.
The star will issue Vera Lynn: National Treasure – The Ultimate Collection on June 2 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which occurs four days later.
Lynn said: "I think it's wonderful that my songs are still enjoyed, especially if it encourages people to commemorate what happened 70 years ago. It's moving for me to relive those days... after all, it was simply my duty to keep singing."
The album will bring together more than 40 of her morale-boosting songs from 1940-1945, including We'll Meet Again, The White Cliffs Of Dover and You'll Never Know, but also some of the unreleased tracks which have been uncovered by her daughter, Virginia.
The songs have been remastered after being taken from the best available recordings.
The release comes asLynn also celebrates 90 years in showbusiness after her making her stage debut at the age of seven.