Veteran British singer Dame Vera Lynn has outed herself as an unlikely fan of blonde bombshell Dolly Parton.

The Forces' Sweetheart, 97, is famous for wartime anthems such as We'll Meet Again and (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover, but she has confessed to having a soft spot for the country legend.

Lynn even insists there are many unexpected similarities between the pair, telling Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "I've liked country music for as long as I can remember, especially the songs of Dolly Parton.

"Her lyrics are similar to mine: simple, expressive, from the heart. Our voices are in the same kind of register, too. And, like me, Dolly sings with clear diction. Of course, we dress differently and our accents are poles apart, but Dolly's songs - and those of other country singers - have always seemed like a natural fit for me."