Ta-ra to Liverpool’s Cilla Black

Posted by The Skibbereen Eagle | August 20, 2015 0


The Pool turned out in force today to say ta-ra to its favourite daughter Cilla Black, born Priscilla Maria Veronica White in Scottie (Scotland) Road area near Liverpool Docks. The area was home in Victorian times to scores of Irish immigrants fleeing the famine and was represented by an Irish Nationalist M.P. until 1929. Her funeral route to St. Mary’s Church in Woolton where her marriage to Bobby Willis was blessed in 1979 speaks of her place in pop history as it passes by Strawberry Fields. She is to be buried beside her parents in Allerton Cemetery, where at the age of 17 John Lennon said farewell to his mother Julia who was struck down and killed by a car driven by an off-duty policeman, close to her sister’s house at 251 Menlove Avenue where Lennon lived. Lennon was traumatised by her death and wrote several songs about her, including “Julia” and “Mother.”

CillatomjonesFans, family and fellow stars turned out to pay their respects to singer and TV presenter Cilla Black at her funeral in Liverpool. Hundreds of people applauded and threw flowers as her funeral cortege made its way to St Mary’s RC Church. Sir 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. Other music and show business luminaries attended including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Carol Vorderman, Gerry Marsden and Mike McCartney, Paul McCartney’s brother.  cillabusCilla-Black-Day-By-Daycilla-black-quotes

ScottieRoadjacobs-scotland-roadThe Liverpudlian star was born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on May 27 1943. She was championed by The Beatles and enjoyed eleven top ten hits including chart-toppers Anyone Who Had a Heart and You’re My World. Last year she spoke about growing older, saying: “Seventy-five is a good age to go. If things are starting to drop off – like the hearing – and I’ve got twinges in the morning, I do think that.”

Sir Cliff performed the song Faithful One and told the congregation it seemed “outrageous” that she was gone. He said: “The one thing that hit me originally was that she was a woman of commitment and dedication.  She had the determination and above all she had the gift – she was able to do what she set out to do. My memories of Cilla are going to be very, very happy ones.”

The funeral Mass was celebrated by the Right Reverend Thomas Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool who had been the parish priest for Scotland Road. 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”.

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. Other guests included Andrew Lloyd Webber, Carol Vorderman and Sir Tom Jones. Black died of a stroke after falling over at her Spanish home earlier this month at the age of 72.

Cilla Black OBE (born Priscilla Maria Veronica White) –  27 May 1943 –  2 August 2015

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