Cilla Black funeral: Fans and stars mourn 'Liverpool's Cinderella'

Family, friends and fans gathered to pay their final respects to Cilla Black at her funeral in her home city of Liverpool.

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Tom Jones: Cilla never forgot her working class background

Cilla Black's popularity stemmed from her love of life and the fact she never forgot her working class background, Sir Tom Jones has said.

Paying tribute to the singer and entertainer before her funeral earlier this afternoon, the Welsh crooner said: "She loved people, and people recognised that."

'I loved her dearly', Paul O'Grady tells Cilla Black's funeral

TV presenter Paul O'Grady brought the service to a close with an emotional and laughter-filled eulogy.

He described Cilla as "one of my closest friends" who he "loved dearly".

"I'm just so grateful that she allowed me into he whirlwind of a life and that we spent nearly two decades together hellraising - if you pardon the expression," O'Grady said to laughter.

"Cilla, I would just like to say 'thanks for all the fun, thanks for all the laughs. Ta-ra girl, I will see you on life's highway'."

As O'Grady left the lectern, he kissed his fingers and gently pressed them on the coffin.

Cilla's son pays emotional tribute to 'young at heart' mum

Cilla Black's son Ben has paid emotional tribute to his mother, who he called a "fiercely proud and determined" woman who "refused to compromise".

Visibly struggling at points, he recounted humorous memories of conversations they shared - and spoke of the shock at losing her so young.

He described Cilla as "young at heart", and said her late husband Bobby had been the love of her life - "her world".

Bobby's death in 1999 had forced her to grow up, though only "a little", he added.

He went on to read the poem Farewell My Friends by Rabindranath Tagore.


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