Tom Jones, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paul O'Grady among guests in attendance
Cliff Richard paid tribute to late singer and television presenter Cilla Black by singing at her funeral service in Liverpool earlier today (August 20).
Black’s funeral was held at St Mary’s Church in Woolton, after she died of a stroke after falling in her Spanish home last month.
Richard, a long-time friend of Black’s, called the former Blind Date host “a woman of commitment and dedication”, adding: “She had the determination and above all she had the gift – she was able to do what she set out to do”.
Cliff Richard opened the service by singing ‘Faithful One’ from his 2004 album ‘Something’s Goin’ On’. Watch below. Black’s coffin left the church to The Beatles‘ ‘The Long And Winding Road’, which the singer herself had previously covered.
Other guests included Christopher Biggins, Paul O’Grady, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Carol Vorderman and Tom Jones.
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.