Singer who represented the UK in 1965 has died

Singer Kathy Kirby, best known for her 1963 hit ‘Secret Love’, has died at the age of 72.

The Essex-born singer also memorably represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘I Belong’ in 1965, coming second to Luxembourg.

She passed away yesterday (May 19) after a short illness, according to BBC News. Her family released a short statement, saying: “She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends who have stood loyal for the years.”

Kirby began her career with working with bandleader Bert Ambrose, forging a living on the club circuit. Often compared to Marilyn Monroe, she secured a record deal scoring two Top Ten hits as well as three other singles in the Top 40, becoming one of Britain’s biggest stars in the early 1960s.

She made her last on-screen appearance in the early 1980s having largely withdrawn from the public eye.