Flag flies at half-mast as city mourns Cilla’s death
There’s a lorra lorra love for her
Showbiz queen Cilla Black passed away yesterday in her Spanish home.
As a mark of respect to the Scouser –– who hosted TV hit Blind Date –– the town hall’s flag flew at half-mast today.
A book of condolences for the public to sign will also be open at the town hall throughout this week, from 9am to 5pm until Friday.
In 1994, Black turned down an honorary degree from Liverpool John Moores University, after snobbish students complained it “devalued” their degree.
Six years later, Cilla received her honorary fellowship from the uni in recognition of her outstanding professional achievements in the field of entertainment.
She worked at The Cavern Club when she was young, and went on to perform regularly there, cementing her as a local and then international celeb.
She became famous for 11 top 10 pop hits, before she transitioned into television, winning multiple awards for her contributions to show-business including the 2014 BAFTA Special Award and an OBE.
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Tony Concepcion, who launched the book of condolences at 10:30 this morning, said of the star: “Cilla was an iconic figure who came from a humble Liverpool background to become a true legend in entertainment.
“It is difficult to think she will never grace our TV screens again. She will be sadly missed.”
A spokesperson for John Moore’s University said: “The University was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Cilla Black.
“She was a true legend of the city of Liverpool and an inspiration to many through her determination and success.”
Cilla Black died on the 2nd August at the age of 72 in her home near Marbella, Spain, from suspected natural causes.