Big Brother star from Berkhamsted to re-live dancing days for Dame Vera tribute

Jackie Travers, pictured with Wayne Sleep, is getting her dancing shoes back on
Jackie Travers, pictured with Wayne Sleep, is getting her dancing shoes back on

A dancer from Berkhamsted will re-live her youth on stage at the London Palladium.

Jackie Travers, 62, is performing at a tribute concert to Dame Vera Lynn, who celebrates her 100th birthday later this month.

Dame Vera Lynn turns 100 this month

Dame Vera Lynn turns 100 this month

Jackie appeared on Vera Lynn’s TV shows in the 1970s as part of The New Generation dance group.

And 40 years on the group is getting back together to help stars such as Brian Blessed, Aled Jones, Alan Titchmarsh and Alexander Armstrong celebrate the war icon’s centenary celebrations.

Jackie will dance with the group at the Palladium on March 18.

Jackie told the Gazette: “We’re all in our 50s, 60s and 70s now, and we’re dancing like we’re back in our 20s.

“It’s been incredibly exhausting but so much fun, it makes you feel alive again.”

Dame Vera, known for her tracks including ‘We’ll Meet Again’, boosted morale with her songs during the Second World War.

She has continued to be involved in showbiz since, and is releasing an album as part of her birthday celebrations.

Jackie, who has also danced with Abba, Madonna and on the Two Ronnies, said: “Dame Vera was absolutely amazing, the nicest person.

“She was very gentle and she always took notice of the dancers on her show and had the time for a chat.

“It’s a big accolade appearing at the Palladium, and we’ve had help from the likes of Wayne Sleep.”

The group’s performance of ‘Another Day in the Sun’, from La La Land, is being directed by its original choreographer Dougie Squires.

Jackie, who was also a contestant on TV show Big Brother along with her daughter Charlie in 2013, is starting dance classes at the Berkhamsted Civic Centre soon.

Email jackie.travers1@virgin.net if you are interested.