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Cilla 'would have been very happy' with Paul O'Grady hosting Blind Date, says her son.

Cilla Black with her good friend Paul O'Grady Credit: PA

Cilla Black would have been "very happy" that her close friend Paul O'Grady is stepping into her shoes to host Blind Date, her son has said.

The entertainment show will return for the first time in more than 13 years to air on Channel 5 with O'Grady as its host.

Black, who died in 2015, fronted the popular dating show from 1985 to 2003.

Cilla's son Robert Willis Credit: PA

Robert Willis told the Daily Mirror: "Mum would have been very happy. If there was anyone she'd have wanted to do it, it would be him.

"He'll make it his own. Blind Date was always about the funny moments. He's not one of those guys with someone on an earpiece telling him what to say. He thinks for himself, like my mum. She never used those things.

"With Paul at the helm, there'll be a lot of laughter."

Cilla Black sons (left to right) Ben, Jack, and Robert Willis by the statue of the singer at its unveiling outside the Cavern Club in Liverpool in January 2017. Credit: PA

O'Grady said in an official statement that he was honoured to present the new series.

The transmission date of the new series has not been confirmed.

Baby you can drive his car! Beatles Porsche up for auction

George Harrison's and his Porsche 928 Credit: omega auctions

A sports car owned by George Harrison for four years from new is the star lot in Omega Auctions Beatles Auction taking place later. The car is expected to sell for over £20,000.

Various Beatles themed memorabilia is up for grabs including previously unseen footage of the band.

There's also a record inner sleeve with doodles and drawings by John Lennon, 1974. The sketches, in black felt pen, are believed to have been John's initial ideas for the cover of his "Walls and Bridges" album.


I, Daniel Blake will be shown as part of Salford Arts Theatre

Ken Loach's BAFTA award winning I, Daniel Blake will be shown as part of Salford Arts Theatre on Sunday, March 19.

Then there will be entertainment and music from the Young Vanish, spoken word from Steph Lonsdale and mirth from host Gordon Zola.

The event will be raising funds for Lifecentre which is a charity based on Langworthy Road in Salford that has many projects.

Supported by Tesco and Warburton's, they provide breakfast for children who otherwise might not. They provide school uniforms with the help of Georgia's House.

They offer free counselling and family law advice, a youth project on Monday evenings and a foodbank for destitute asylum seekers.

On Saturdays they offer english lesson for settled refugees and asylum seekers culminating in a big lunch cooked and eaten together and used as an opportunity for them to practice.

Any financial help will go a long way as currently they are low on funds for certain programmes and are being propped up by sole volunteers. They deserve all the help we can give them.

Raffle prizes up for grabs as we aim to raise funds for the Lifecentre.

For more information visit Salford Arts Theatre website.

Liverpool Glacial Art team return from global competition

The Glacial Art team from Liverpool are the first British team to compete in the World Ice Art Championships in Alaska.

The team won the 'public vote ' award with their tribute to David Bowie.

The team from Glacial Art became the first British team to compete at the World Ice Art Championships in Alaska.

The Liverpool ice sculptors are heading for a gruelling global competition next month.

The team, which has worked on high profile projects including TV's 'Game of Thrones', will take part in the Alaska ice sculpting championships, known as 'Ice Alaska', for the first time.

Backed by Liverpool Gin, expert sculptors Mat Foster and Mat Chaloner will take their protégées Attila and Paul to tackle the week-long contest in sub-zero temperatures.

Mat and Mat, who have taken part in the European Ice Sculpting Championships for a number of years, are preparing to go head to head with some of the world's best ice sculptors.

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