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The Mayor Hounslow, Cllr Corinna Smart will join the anticipated large attendance expected at the funeral for Anne Naysmith which will take place on Saturday March 7th at St Michael & All Angels, Church at 11am.

Cllr Smart said: “Anne Naysmith was a much loved local character not just in Chiswick but across London.  She will be missed by many. I will be representing the borough to honour her passing.”

The council plans to plant a tree in Chiswick in honour of Anne at a later date.

Celebrating Miss Naysmith's musical career, a number of pieces have been chosen which reflect her love for music and her early life as a concert pianist. Piano music to be played before the service will include pieces by Rachmaninov and Chopin and a choral funeral service will include music by Handel, Faure, Stanford, and Bach.

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Local councillors, members of the local police force, clergy from churches in Chiswick and staff from Hounslow Council will join local people to pay tribute to Miss Naysmith, who died aged 78.

Chiswick resident Sally Mates, who knew Miss Naysmith for many years will speak, as will Cllr Gerald Mc Gregor, who, along with the other local councillors, had many dealings with the deceased.

The Vicar of St Nicholas, Fr Simon Brandes, will also be taking part and the Vicar of St Mary Abbots is also expected to attend.

Anne Naysmith was born in 1937 and died 9 February 2015, aged 78, following an accident on Chiswick High Road. Her death attracted a great deal of public attention and became a focus for media attention both at home and abroad.

Local people have continued to leave flowers and children's drawings at the patch of ground near Welstead Way where Anne Naysmith tended a patch of ground. There are also flowers attached to a lamp post near the spot where she died on the Chiswick High Road opposite Homefield Road.

Anne Naysmith was a well-known local character and lived for many years in a car in Prebend Gardens. She was sometimes referred to as 'Chiswick's Lady In A Van' and had been a concert pianist in her earlier life before falling on hard times.

The Royal Academy of Music has continued to accept donations towards a scholarship in her memory. People are asked to use any of the following methods

  • Sending a cheque made out to ‘Royal Academy of Music’ with a note referencing the Anne Naysmith scholarship fund to: Development Department, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT


March 2, 2015