A singer who represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest has died at the age of 64.

Lynsey De Paul, who grew up in Cricklewood, died in hospital yesterday after a suspected brain haemorrhage.

The star's biggest hit Sugar Me got to number five in the singles chart in 1972 and came second in the Eurovision Song contest in 1977.

A great friend of Finchley resident and comedy legend Spike Milligan, Ms de Paul backed a campaign for a memorial bench in his honour at Stephen’s House, East Finchley.

It was finally unveiled last month and Ms de Paul attended the grand event with other celebrities and the Mayor of Barnet, Hugh Rayner.

Back in 2004, she told the Hendon & Finchley Times: “I adored Spike, he was adored by everyone. We met on the Michael Parkinson show, and became great friends.

“He called me Looney De Small, he just lit up the room. My favourite joke is in the dedication he wrote in a book: In the human race today, you lost'. I miss him very much.”