Dame Vera Lynn has entered the top 20 at the age of 97, extending her lead as the oldest living artist to figure so high up in the album chart.

The Forces' Sweetheart released Vera Lynn: National Treasure - The Ultimate Collection this week to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on Friday.

The album, featuring more than 40 wartime songs including We'll Meet Again and The White Cliffs Of Dover, reached No 13, beating the likes of Pharrell, the Arctic Monkeys and rapper 50 Cent.

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Dame Vera said: "I am delighted of course. It is wonderful to hear these songs again that were at the top of the charts so long ago, and it's warming to think that everyone else is listening to them too."

The singer's last major chart feat was five years ago when, at the age of 92, she achieved a No 1 with an earlier best-of release. She made her professional debut at the age of seven.