Anne Pashley, British athlete and opera singer, Died at 80

  Music, Sports

Anne Pashley was born on June 5, 1935, in Skegness, Lincolnshire and died on October 7, 2016.

She was a British track and field sprinter.

She represented Great Britain at the 1956 Summer Olympics.

After her track and field career, Anne made a second career as a soprano.

Anne was the second child for Roy Pashley, an English teacher, and his wife Milly Pashley, who ran a holiday camp.

Anne attended school in Great Yarmouth, where her athletic skills came to attention.

During 1953, at the AAA championships in White City, she equalled the British women’s 100-yard record of 10.8 seconds.

Anne Pashley took the bronze medal at the 1954 European Championships in Berne, Switzerland in the women’s individual 100 meters, behind Irina Turova (Soviet Union) and Bertha van Duyne (Netherlands).

During the 1956 summer Olympics, Pashley and her teammates Jean Scrivens, June Foulds and Heather Armitage won the silver medal in the women’s 4 × 100 m relay.

She retired from athletic competition soon after the Melbourne Olympics.

She then embarked on a second career as an opera singer, as a soprano.

Anne Pashley studied at the Guildhall School of Music, and made her stage debut in 1959. She performed at Glyndebourne, Covent Garden and across Europe.

Anne Pashley’ work in concert opera included a 1972 performance of Sir Arthur Bliss’ The Olympians.

She married fellow opera singer Jack Irons, a fellow Guildhall student, in 1959.

Together they produced a son, Leon, and a daughter, Cleo.

The couple lasted until Irons’ death in 2005.

Leon, there son died in 2013, and her daughter Cleo survives her.

Anne Pashley passed away at 80 years old.