Cilla Black Funeral: Sir Cliff Richard To Sing, Paul O’Grady To End Service With Eulogy

Details of Cilla Black’s funeral service, which takes place today (20th August) at 1pm in Liverpool, have been revealed.

The TV icon tragically passed away on August 1st after suffering a stroke.


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The service has been organised by her three sons, and will take place at St Mary’s Church in Woolton, where Cilla married her late husband Bobby in March 1969.

Many famous faces who were close to the legendary entertainer will be attending the service to pay their respects, with Sir Cliff Richard set to perform his hit ‘Faithful One’ in tribute to his friend.

Comedian and lifelong friend of Cilla, Jimmy Tarbuck, will be reading ‘Prayers of the Faithful’, which will reference her husband Bobby, who passed away in 1999, and her baby girl Ellen, who died in 1975.

After her death, Jimmy said: “Liverpool has lost its Cinderella. She always said to me, ‘I’m going to be a star you know’. We all believed it because of her energy, her personality.”


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Christopher Biggins will also give a reading during the service, and has said: “And so my gorgeous, brilliant, talented friend is back home where she belongs.

“It’s fantastic they’re bringing her back to Liverpool, where she made her name and career, met her husband, made her family – she made everything here.

“Liverpool people are extraordinary, hysterical, so open, just like Cilla. She’d call a spade a spade, she didn’t hold back.

“We had so many laughs and wonderful times. She was very special and she will not go away easily. She’ll never be lost, she’ll never be forgotten because she left an enormous legacy which will go on for ever. Not only her TV career but her singing career too.”


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Paul O’Grady, who called Cilla his ‘partner in crime’, will finish the service with a touching eulogy. Speaking to a reporter today, he admitted he won’t be ‘celebrating’ today, explaining: “It’s very sad. I can’t celebrate the passing of a friend because it’s too sad. Maybe later I will.”

Her oldest sons, 45-year-old Robert and 41-year-old Ben, will also give readings. The two, along with younger brother Jack, 35, will say prayers during the service, too.

Her agent Nick Fiveash told the Mirror: “This will be a difficult day but it will be a celebration of her life. The boys have put the funeral together with as much of Cilla’s wishes and her choices as they can.”


The coffin is expected to leave church to The Beatles’ ‘The Long And Winding Road’. As reported previously, she will then be buried next to her parents at Allerton Cemetery.

A donations page for fans wishing to pay tribute to Cilla has been set up, asking them to pledge money to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, which she donated to.