'She was a true Scouser': Fans pay their respects to Liverpool lass Cilla

For many Cilla Black was always first and foremost a 'Liverpool lass' Credit: PA

Video report by ITV News' Damon Green

Thousands of fans have turned out in the streets of Liverpool to say "ta-ra" to much-loved entertainer and 'Liverpool lass' Cilla Black.

Black grew up in 1960s Liverpool and never lost touch with her home town, which perhaps explains why so many women of her generation turned out to watch the star's funeral cortege as it arrived for the requiem service at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church.

Black grew up on Scotland Street, a working-class district in Liverpool.

She got an early break at The Cavern, the Merseybeat nightspot famous as the birthplace of The Beatles, where she worked as a cloakroom attendant.

And when she moved to television, it was her down-to-earth Liverpool charm that was part of what endeared her to viewers across the country.