Cliff Richard to sing at Cilla Black’s funeral

The service will be televised on ITV on Thursday (August 20), with Christopher Biggins and Paul O'Grady also in attendance

The funeral of late singer and television personality Cilla Black will be held on Thursday (August 20), led by the likes of Cliff Richard and televised on ITV.

Black’s funeral will be held at St Mary’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool, after she died of a stroke after falling in her Spanish home last month.

Cliff Richard will open the service by singing ‘Faithful One’ from his 2004 album ‘Something’s Goin’ On’. Paying tribute to his friend last week, Richard said: “Some people will always be with us and Cilla is one of those people. I will always think of her as outrageous, funny, incredibly gifted but above all full of heart.”

Christopher Biggins and Paul O’Grady will also provide readings. Biggins has described Black as “a fantastic party-goer and the last to leave”, while O’Grady said: “We’ve been friends for nearly 20 years. She’s like my sister”.

Black’s funeral will be televised on the ITV News website from 1pm (UK time).

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Prior to her death, Black was sunbathing on the balcony at her villa in Estepona, Spain when she fell and hit her head. She was knocked unconscious by the fall and subsequently died of a stroke.

Before hosting hit TV dating show Blind Date, Liverpool-born Black made her name as a singer in the 1960s after being championed by The Beatles. She went on to achieve 11 Top 10 hits.

Black first released ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ in 1964, where it spent three weeks at Number One and went on to become the biggest-selling single by a female of the 1960s.