The BBC confirmed that the first ever UK Eurovision entrant, Patricia Bredin, has died at the age of 88.
Patricia Bredin won the right to represent the United Kingdom in Eurovision 1957 after winning a national final, titled “Festival of British Popular Songs”. “All” was the runaway winner in a competition of six songs, and Patricia Bredin won the right to sing for her country ahead of the Malcolm Lockyer Quartet.
Back in 2016, remembering her performance from Frankfurt, Patricia stated:
Singing in the final in Frankfurt, Germany, it was wonderful, because they had about a 60-piece orchestra and it was like being on clouds.
Apart from her Eurovision appearance, Patricia went on to have a long career on stage and screen before retiring to a farm in Canada. She was a regular in musicals in the West End and on Broadway, but also played the lead role in “Left Right And Centre” with Ian Carmichael and Alastair Sim, and starred alongside Sid James in the movie “Desert Mice”.
She performed 3rd in Eurovision 1957 in Frankfurt, and finished in 7th place out of 10. You can check out her performance right below:
Our thoughts are with the entire family and friends of Patricia. May she rest in peace.