Cilla Black Funeral: Paul O'Grady's Tribute
Cilla Black – A Tribute To The Star Who Made Us Smile
Singer, Match-maker and good-time girl, Cilla Black OBE was one of the few celebrities loved the country over. Her Liverpudlian charm, down-to-earth nature and willingness to open up to the public led to her having a special place in our hearts.
Born in Liverpool in 1943, she was first introduced to the public as a singer in 1963, with singles such as ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’, and ‘Alfie’. She went on to host her own variety show, Cilla, followed by eveyone’s favourite Saturday night entertainment: Blind Date. She celebrated 50 years in showbusiness in 2013, and the occasion was marked by a documentary, where the actress Sheridan Smith played the role of Cilla.
Her death shocked the public, and the outpouring of affection for the star has touched her family and friends. Her public funeral took place today (20th August) at St Mary’s RC Church in Liverpool. It was led by the Right Reverend Thomas Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool. Two of Cilla’s sons delivered readings, alongside a host of famous faces including moving speeches from Cliff Richard and Paul O’Grady.
The funeral was a sad occasion, yet also a joyful celebration of a woman who was so well-loved. Cilla Black, you will be sorely missed.
Video: Cilla Black Tribute with Cliff Richard
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