Liverpool says goodbye to Cilla

The city of Liverpool has said goodbye to Liverpool at her funeral in the city this afternoon.

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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

A final farewell for Cilla

Liverpool will pays its respects today at the funeral of Cilla Black. Thousands of fans are expected to line the streets to pay tribute to one of the city's best loved celebrities.

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The funeral will take place in Woolton. She died in Spain earlier this month.

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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.

Burglary attempt on Cilla's home foiled by police

A plot to burgle the Buckinghamshire home of the late Cilla Black has been foiled today.

A professionally cut circular hole was discovered in the perimeter fence of her Denham home ahead of her funeral on Thursday 20th August.

The police were immediately informed, 24-hour security has been increased on the property and all valuable assets including art, jewellery and her personal items have been removed and taken to a secured unit at an unknown location.

Cilla Black Credit: PA

I cannot believe someone would stoop so low at a time like this. It’s inconceivable. Thankfully it was discovered in time.

– Robert Willis, Cilla Black's eldest son

Police are now carrying out further investigations. Once again the family have asked for their privacy to be continually respected at this difficult time. Further details of press arrangements for Cilla’s funeral next Thursday will be released early next week.

Cilla's inquest postponed as her body was not in Liverpool

Cilla Black Credit: PA

Cilla Black's inquest was postponed after it emerged her body was not actually in Liverpool where the hearing was to be held.

Liverpool Coroner's Court was due to hear evidence relating to the death of the 72-year-old.

But proceedings were cancelled an hour before it was due to begin after officials realised the singer and TV star was not in the required legal jurisdiction where the inquest is to take place.

The inquest has been postponed until further notice, but may take place on Friday, an official at the court said.

No witnesses are scheduled to be called but a coroner's officer is expected to give details in court about her death before Liverpool coroner Andre Rebello, records his verdict.

Post mortem details released by the Spanish authorities suggest Cilla Black died from a rare form of stroke caused by her fall.

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Cilla Black's inquest in Liverpool today

Cilla Black Credit: ITV

An inquest is due to be held into the death of Cilla Black in Liverpool this afternoon.

A coroner's Court will hear evidence about the singer's death at her Spanish home earlier this month.

It comes exactly a week before the funeral of the TV star.

The service will take place at 1pm on Thursday 20th August 2015 at St Mary’s Church in Woolton.

The Right Reverend Thomas Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool and former Parish Priest of St Anthony’s, Scotland Road, will celebrate the Mass.

Cilla Black to be laid to rest in home city of Liverpool

Cilla Black

The funeral of singer and TV star Cilla Black will take place in her home city of Liverpool.

The service will take place at 1pm on Thursday 20th August 2015 at St Mary’s Church in Woolton.

The Right Reverend Thomas Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool and former Parish Priest of St Anthony’s, Scotland Road, will celebrate the Mass.

Cilla Black and manager Bobby Willis after their wedding at St Marylebone Register Office in London in 1969 Credit: PA

Cilla’s body will then be laid to rest, at a private ceremony, in Allerton Cemetery alongside her parents.

Her husband, Bobby Willis was cremated in 1999 and his remains were scattered at her various homes in the UK and abroad.

Cilla handkerchief set to go up for auction

A signed 'luv cilla' handkerchief will be placed up for auction later this month as part of a collection of Beatles memorabillia. It's just over a week since Cilla Black passed away at her villa in Estepona. The auction will be held in the Paul McCartney Auditorium at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts on the 29th August.

Cilla handkerchief set to go up for auction Credit: Beatles auction
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