Singing sensations 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 this year to celebrate Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday.London’s world famous Palladium will host the spectacular variety extravaganza on Saturday 18th March 2017 [the birthday itself is March 20], and will honour The Forces’ Sweetheart and mark her incredible 100 years. Organisers are promising a once in a lifetime experience for those lucky enough to snap up tickets to this star-studded event, which will raise money for the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity (DVLCC). To tell the story of Dame Vera’s life, and highlight her many hits such as We’ll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover, the show will feature a host of stars from the stage and screen. The celebrity guests will be performing and narrating during the evening and will be accompanied by the revered Royal Air Force Dance Orchestra, The Squadronaires, a very fitting tribute to Mr Harry Lewis, Dame Vera Lynn’s husband, who was a founder member.
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 full guest line up is set to be released in the coming weeks but audience members can expect an incredible evening of entertainment from some of the most loved stars in show business.
Dame Vera commented: “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 Squadron Leader Tom Jones (Ret’d), 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.”
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