Tributes to singer who served region

Anne Storrs.
Anne Storrs.

A woman involved in singing and music across north Northumberland has died at the age of 71.

Anne Storrs was born the youngest of four children in Morley, West Yorkshire, and after school went into the fashion industry as a skilled seamstress. She changed careers in the mid 1960s and joined the Civil Service.

She always enjoyed music and sung with Huddersfield Choral Society as well as traditional jazz bands in the area.

In 1975, work took Anne to Berwick and she moved to Seahouses.

She joined the Glendale Choral Society, playing many principal and chorus roles in productions, and also became secretary.

In 1990, the post of regional representative for the National Operatic Society (NODA) became vacant. Anne served Region No. 9, which covers from Morpeth to Berwick, and out to Rothbury, for 18 years.

In 1982, she moved to Berwick, giving up work due to severe rheumatoid arthritis in 1987, but she continued to sing with many choirs.

She also carried on with her voluntary work, as a member of the Board of Visitors of Acklington Prison for 17 years and the executive committee of Bamburgh Abbeyfield Society for six years.

In 1985, Anne was diagnosed with cancer and underwent treatment, but it then returned ten years later. By 2003 it had spread and took the opportunity to visit her family around the world.

In November last year she was admitted to hospital and on May 21 this year, her 71st birthday moved to Tweedmouth Nursing Home where she passed away on June 20, 27 years after her initial diagnosis.

She will be remembered fondly by her family, her many friends and ‘her’ socieites.