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British singer and presenter Cilla Black laid to rest in Liverpool

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 00:52

Singer Cliff Richard leads tributes to Cilla Black at her funeral in St Mary's Church, Liverpool. Rollo Ross reports.

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Cilla Black, who found fame in the sixties as a pop star and then became one of the most popular British television celebrities, was laid to rest in her home town of Liverpool. Tributes were laid outside the Cavern Club, where she used to play alongside the likes of The Beatles. And outside the funeral at St Mary's Church in Woolton, hundreds gathered to pay their respects to the well-loved star. SOUNDBITE fan Brian Maddock, saying (English): "She was down to earth and she just seemed to mix in with everybody. She had no airs and graces, Cilla. She was a people's person and I think she really did love Liverpool." SOUNDBITE fan, Pam Moore, saying (English): "She's a part and parcel of Liverpool. Cilla is Liverpool, just like The Beatles are Liverpool. Cilla's Liverpool." The service was attended by some of the UK's celebrity royalty and her longtime friend Cliff Richard sang the hymn 'Faithful One'. Black died of a stroke following a fall in her home in Spain on August 1.

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British singer and presenter Cilla Black laid to rest in Liverpool

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 00:52