Patti Flynn (born Patricia Maude Young, 1937 – 10 September 2020) was a Welsh jazz singer, author, model and social activist.[1] She was a founder and patron of Black History Wales.[2][3] In 2019 she was honoured with the Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement Association's (EMWWAA) Lifetime Achievement Award.[4]

Patti Flynn
Patricia Maude Young

1937 (1937)
Died(2020-09-10)10 September 2020 (aged 83)
Other namesPatti or Patricia Hallgren
Occupation(s)Jazz singer, social activist
AwardsEMWWAA's Lifetime Achievement Award

Early life edit

Patti Flynn was born Patricia Maude Young in 1937 in Sophia Street, Cardiff.[5] She was the youngest child of seven to Wilmott George Young and Beatrice Young (née Silver).[6][5] Her father was merchant seaman from Jamaica and her mother was from Cardiff.[5] Her father came to Cardiff during the 1920s and during the Second World War he lost his life when his boat was torpedoed.[5][7]

When she was one year old, the family moved to 40 Pomeroy Street and she later attended St. Mary's School in Clarence Road, Cardiff.[5] The family also lived in North Church Street,[8] which is close to the Church of St Mary the Virgin and St Stephen the Martyr in Butetown.

She went on to have a career as a jazz singer, and was a contemporary of Shirley Bassey, who was also born in the area of Tiger Bay.[9] She was also an author, radio actress and was co-founder of the Butetown Bay Jazz Festival.[6][1]

Later life and death edit

The monument for the contributions made by the Black, Asian and minority ethnic service men and women during World Wars I and II, and beyond

In later life she lived in the Cardiff suburb of Fairwater[1]

She campaigned valiantly for 26 years to have a monument erected and together in 2019, Patti Flynn, Uzo Iwobi and Race Council Cymru worked with Deputy Minister and Chief Whip Jane Hutt MS, Cllr Susan Elsmore, Cardiff Council, Royal Commonwealth Society Wales, British Legion and British Armed Forces represented by Colonel Jonah MacGill and the stone masons organised to have the monument installed. Patti Flynn wrote the words on the face of the monument and in so doing ensured that her legacy and the selfless sacrifice of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic service men and women in Wales will never be extinguished". - Black History Wales[7]

In 2019 she was honoured with the Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement Association's (EMWWAA) Lifetime Achievement Award, at the same time as her friend Humie Webbe who also won awards.[4] She was also a founder and patron of Black History Wales.[2][3]

Patti Flynn died of cancer on 10 September 2020, aged 83 years.[1]

Bibliography edit

  • Fractured Horizon: A Landscape of Memory/Gorwel Briwedig: Tirlun Atgof 2003 ISBN 978-1898317111

Discography edit

Album edit

Year Title Details
1979 With Love To You
  • SRT Productions Ltd
  • Catalogue No SPTY/79/CUS 563

Singles edit

Year Title B Side Details
1982 "Xmas Every Day" "Please Tell Me"
  • Prairie Records
  • Catalogue No PR 009
"Soul Stuntmania" "Stuntman"
  • Movie Music
  • Catalogue No MM 003

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Patti Flynn 1937-2020". Black History Wales. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Founders". Black History Wales. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Late Patrons". Black History Wales. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  4. ^ a b "EMWWAA Awards 2019". Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement Association (EMWWAA). Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Leaflet". Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Welsh Black Influential People" (PDF). Unison. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Tiger Bay legend Patti Flynn has died". WalesOnline. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Vibrant community was the real star of Tiger Bay film". WalesOnline. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Cardiff singer and black history campaigner Patti Flynn dies aged 88". BBC. Retrieved 2 December 2020.

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