Watch veteran Blackpool performer Letty belt out 'When You're Smiling' on her 100th birthday

Former Blackpool stage star Letitia 'Letty' Lancaster proved she's still got it with an impressive rendition of 'When You're Smiling' on her 100th birthday.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 5:00 pm

The veteran performer dazzled relatives gathered to celebrate the milestone when she suddenly broke out into song.

The heartwarming moment was captured by her quick-thinking granddaughter-in-law Vicky Lancaster, who pulled out her phone straight away.

Widower Mrs Lancaster, wearing a sash and a tiara, can be seen tapping her foot and bouncing up and down as she chants the iconic lyrics.

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Letitia 'Letty' Lancaster entertained family members who gathered to celebrate her 100th birthday. Photo: SWNS

As the 60 second clip comes to an end the room erupts in cheers and applause.

Mrs Lancaster, described as a "natural performer", spent many of her younger years singing and dancing in Blackpool and continues to entertain residents at the care home she lives to this day.

She said: "Performing has always been a part of my life and it keeps me happy.

"No matter how old I am or where I am I will always sing."

Letitia 'Letty' Lancaster and husband George. Photo: SWNS

Mrs Lancaster, affectionately known as Letty by loved ones, was part of the resort's variety scene, playing at Blackpool's Grand Theatre and Opera House.

She was born in South Shields, in 1920. The family moved to Scotland in 1989, where Mrs Lancaster lives in a nursing home today, before her husband George Lancaster's death in 2010.

One of eight children, with four brothers and three sisters, she was taught how to sing and dance from a very young age along with all her siblings.

Her mum was an original member of the Tiller Girls, which was one of the most popular dance troupes of the 1890s.

Letitia 'Letty' Lancaster was born into a family of performers. Photo: SWNS

Mrs Lancaster, whose favourite musician is Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu, performed professionally in her 20s as well as making records with her siblings.

She married George in 1947 and they had son Paul in 1952 before the family moved to Blackpool, where they were regular performers.

Mrs Lancaster performed as a soloist and a duet with her sisters in the 1930s and on one occasion had auditions alongside famous singer Vera Lynn.

She later performed on variety chat show Des O'Connor Tonight in the 1980s alongside her musical husband George, or 'Elly' as she affectionately called him.