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Sir Cliff to lead mourners at Cilla’s funeral

Sir Cliff Richard, Christopher Biggins and Paul O’Grady will all pay tribute to Cilla Black at her funeral later today.

The showbiz pair were great friends up until Cilla's tragic passing at the beginning of the month.

Cliff is also performing the opening address and will be joined by Cilla's family and friends in her native city of Liverpool, where she will be laid to rest.

The sad day will mark Cliff's most prominent public appearance since police raided his house last year in connection to historical sexual abuse claims.

Other showbiz pals who will be at St Mary's Church in Woolton include Christopher Biggins, who will deliver a reading from the Book of Wisdom and Jimmy Tarbuck, who will give Prayers of the Faithful, reports The Sun.

Paul O’Grady will also be there supporting his late friend, and will pay the final tribute. Sir Tom Jones and Baron Andrew Lloyd Webber are expected to pay their respects too.

Two of Cilla's sons, Robert and Ben Willis, will read poems, and mourners will leave the church with song The Long and Winding Road playing, by Cilla's old friends and fellow Liverpudlians The Beatles.

Cilla passed away on August 1 at her holiday home in Spain at the age of 72. Following a post-mortem, her family confirmed she died from a stroke after falling over and hitting her head.

Ahead of the funeral Christopher spoke about how he still can't his head around the entertainer's passing.

"I keep thinking she's going to ring and say, 'shall we go to The Ivy'. But the reality is, she's not," he told Good Morning Britain.

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