Wartime Sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn, has become the oldest singer to score a UK top 40 album, beating her own record.

The 103-year-old star’s greatest hits collection, titled 100, had only recently re-entered the charts at number 30.

Dame Vera became the first centenarian to chart when it was first released in 2017, where it reached number three.

The upsurge in popularity for the album coincided with the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which marked the end of World War Two in Europe.

“Forces’ Sweetheart”, Dame Vera, called that for her entertaining the troops during World War II, also sent a message that while people may be forced to live apart during the lockdown, “hope remains even in the most difficult of times”.

Dame Vera Lynn’s record-breaking achievement follows that of Captain Tom Moore, who became the oldest person to reach No.1 in the singles charts last month.