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Friday 30 January 2015

Jenkins joins Dame Vera in duet

Katherine Jenkins shares a record label with Dame Vera Lynn
Katherine Jenkins shares a record label with Dame Vera Lynn

Katherine Jenkins has been united in song with "forces' sweetheart" Dame Vera Lynn for a recording of the popular wartime hit We'll Meet Again.

Almost three-quarters of a century after Dame Vera gave the nation inspiration in the Second World War with the song, a new version has been put together to create a virtual duet.

Katherine, who shares a record label with the veteran star, has recorded a new vocal which has been grafted on to the original by studio wizards.

It was given its first radio play today and will be released on June 2 on a new album Vera Lynn: National Treasure - The Ultimate Collection to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

Katherine has, like Dame Vera before her, done her bit for British troops by performing for them during a visit to Afghanistan last year and she recorded her part in the past few days.

The new duet will also be brought to life during the week of the album's release when Katherine performs at the D-Day 70 Years On concert at the Royal Albert Hall on June 6 for BBC Radio 2, accompanying original footage of Dame Vera.

The 97-year-old said: "It makes me proud and honoured to know that We'll Meet Again is still so popular, over seven decades after it was first recorded.

"I remember that day as clearly as if it were yesterday, and it is wonderful that this particular song became the one people most associated with the war era. For it to be brought to life again, duetting with Katherine Jenkins, is just perfect for the occasion."

Katherine performed We'll Meet Again along with another wartime favourite, White Cliffs Of Dover, when she sang at a celebration to mark Dame Vera's 90th birthday at the Imperial War Museum in London.

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