Belfast Telegraph

Cilla Black laid to rest

Loved ones and fans have said a final goodbye to Cilla Black today.

The TV-star-and-singer was buried in Liverpool and hundreds of friends and family paid their respects at St Mary's RC Church.

Her good friend Sir Cliff Richard addressed mourners to share his memories of the star, who passed away aged 72 on August 1 after a fatal fall at her Spanish villa.

"I cannot think of Cilla in the past tense. It just seems outrageous. There are certain people that you believe will always be there," Cliff said.

"Of course she has been taken from us but I think that the way to get past all this is to think positive and all the things that were fabulous about her.

"Just being driven here was a fantastic experience really - you forget how much people loved her. It wasn't just that she was a fabulous pop singer. She took the country by storm and many other countries in the world too because she became our greatest TV presenter probably of all time."

Cliff also performed a gospel song for his late friend.

Other famous faces at the funeral included Sir Tom Jones, Paul O'Grady, Carol Vorderman and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Paul, Jimmy Tarbuck and Christopher Biggins joined her sons in giving speeches.

Thousands of fans lined the two-mile funeral route to throw flowers on the hearse.

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