Thursday, 20 August 2015

CILLA BLACK FUNERAL: FANS AND STARS SAY FAREWELL IN LIVERPOOL

The McCartney Family, Ringo Starr, Joan Collins and celebrities from the world of entertainment led the floral tributes to Cilla Black in Liverpool on the day of her funeral. 
Ringo wrote, "Cilla, Peace and Love, Ringo and Barbara." Paul and Family: "All our love to our darlin' Cilla and family, the McCartney family."


Fans, family and fellow stars have turned out to pay their respects to Cilla Black at her funeral in Liverpool.
 






Photo: Mike McCartney with Carol Vorderman and Tom Jones arrived at the church together .


Cilla Black's 1964 hit Anyone Who Had A Heart was played during Holy Communion and her coffin left the church to the sound of The Long And Winding Road by her friends The Beatles.

Sir Cliff Richard
Hundreds of people applauded and threw flowers as her funeral cortege made its way to St Mary's RC Church. Cliff Richard told mourners the journey to the church had made him realise "how much people loved her".TV stars Paul O'Grady, Jimmy Tarbuck and Christopher Biggins joined her sons Robert and Ben in giving readings.




The funeral Mass was celebrated by the Right Reverend Thomas Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool.
Two of Black's sons also delivered readings. Robert Willis described his mother as a "wonderful lady who had touched all our lives and brought joy and laughter" to those she knew.

He said: "Her pure enthusiasm, self belief and wonderful sense of humour made being with her a joy and a pleasure."

Mr Willis added that she was a "trailblazer in the fields of music and television" and "set the bar high and it's still there".
His brother Ben Willis later spoke, saying his mother "was always young at heart".
He continued: "I think this was one of the reasons so many people loved her dearly. She loved being a star. She lived to entertain and make people happy."

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