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Cilla's family say No.1 album is 'perfect' tribute

A day after her funeral, Cilla Black has her first chart topping album Credit: PA

Cilla Black has achieved her first ever official chart topping album in what her family have called a 'perfect' tribute. The album called 'The Very Best Of' went to No.1 the day after stars and family gathered in Liverpool for the 72 year old's funeral.

"We have all been touched by the public's outpouring of love for our mother this week, and now to give her a number one album today is absolutely perfect. Thank you!"

– Cilla Black's family statement
Her new hit album follows Cilla Black's funeral in Liverpool Credit: itv news


In Pictures: Liverpool says goodbye to Cilla

Mourners gathered along the streets of Liverpool to say goodbye to Cilla Black Credit: Dave Brown
The funeral procession passed through Woolton and Gateacre in Liverpool on its way to the St Mary's Church Credit: Dave Brown ITV
The cortege arrived at the Church for the 1pm funeral Credit: Natasha Carter ITV
Crowds gathered outside St Mary's Church in Woolton as the service began Credit: Paul Duckworth ITV
Paul O'Grady and Sir Cliff Richard were among the celebrities to contribute to proceedings during the funeral Credit: Paul Duckworth ITV
Inside she was described as the Credit: Paul Duckworth ITV
Floral tributes were left at the church in Woolton. Among them was this bouquet and message from Paul McCartney and his family. Credit: Paul Duckworth ITV
There was also a message left by another former Beatle Ringo Starr Credit: Paul Duckworth ITV
Cilla will be buried with her parents in a private ceremony Credit: Funeral footage
It's Ta-ra! from Liverpool to one of their own Credit: Natasha Carter ITV

IN PICTURES: Crowds gather as Cilla Black's funeral begins

Fans line up through Woolton for Cilla Black's funeral which started at 1pm Credit: Dave Brown ITV
Crowds gather around Cilla's hearse as the funeral begins Credit: Jamal Williams Thomas ITV
Fans crowd together through Woolton as they watch the hearse pass through for the funeral that begun at 1pm Credit: Jamal Williams Thomas ITV
Mourners and fans line the streets of Woolton for Cilla Black's funeral Credit: Dave Brown ITV
Fans line up through Woolton holding roses for Cilla's funeral Credit: Dave Brown ITV
Crowds of Cilla's fans gather throughout Woolton for her funeral Credit: Dave Brown ITV
Cilla Black's funeral hearse arrives Credit: Natasha Carter ITV

IN PICTURES: Cilla Black funeral guests arrive

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Guests and mourners have arrived for Cilla Black's funeral which begins at 1pm this afternoon.

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Tom Jones reportedly flew back from abroad to be in Liverpool to say goodbye to Cilla. He described Cilla as a "person who loved people" and " a working class girl made good".

Credit: Paul Duckworth ITV

An emotional Jimmy Tarbuck said he "would have walked here" to be at Cilla's final farewell. He said his "heart bleeds for the her sons".

Credit: Natasha Carter ITV

Also among the mourners were Les Dennis and Carol Vorderman.

Credit: Paul Duckworth ITV

Singer Gerry Marsden was also there to say goodbye.

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Paul O'Grady, who will give a eulogy at the funeral, described Cilla as his "best friend".

Credit: Paul Duckworth ITV

Earlier Christopher Biggins said Cilla would have loved seeing the tributes on the streets from the people of Liverpool.

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The service takes place at St. Mary's Church in Woolton from 1pm and is being streamed live on the ITV Granada and ITV National websites.


"She liked a glass of champagne...and a chip butty!" - comedian Ted Robbins pays tribute to star Cilla Black

Actor and comedian Ted Robbins has paid tribute to Cilla Black saying when she was relaxing with friends she enjoyed a glass of champagne and a chip butty.

The comedian from Liverpool, who is also the first cousin of Paul McCartney remembered the down-to-earth girl from Scotty Road in Liverpool who became the 'big star' Cilla Black.

In Pictures: first crowds begin to gather for Cilla funeral procession

"Goodbye Cilla" - crowds have begun to line the route of Cilla Black's funeral procession in Liverpool Credit: Natasha Carter
Mourners have been asked to line the route of a funeral procession before Cilla's funeral Credit: PA Images
The procession will go through Woolton and Gateacre, arriving at St Mary's Church in Woolton where the singer and presenter will be laid to rest Credit: PA Images
Sir Cliff Richard will lead musical tributes during the funeral Credit: PA Images

Cilla funeral cortege route map

Heres' the map for the cortege route of Cilla Black's funeral in Liverpool tomorrow.

The cortege will proceed from Woolton Road in Wavertree, at it's junction with Church Road North, to Blackwood Avenue in Gateacre and then on to St Mary's Church for the 1pm service.

Cilla, 72, died earlier this month after falling at her home in Spain.

The entertainer's family have requested that anyone wishing to pay their respects should line the two-mile route using the whole length of Woolton Road as far as Blackwood Avenue.

The family also made a polite request that people do not to travel to Woolton village, as the Church is very secluded and the public will not be able to access the Church or its grounds.

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