Dame Vera Lynn 100 – Happy Birthday!
Vera Welch was born on 20 March 1917 in East Ham, now part of east London. Neither of her parents were involved in show business – her father Bertram was a plumber and mother Annie a dressmaker. But by the age of seven, the talented young Vera was singing in working men’s clubs – an audience she described as “great” – and soon became the family’s main breadwinner.
February this year Dame Vera Lynn was set to break her own record as she celebrates turning 100 by releasing a new album.
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