Cilla Black statue unveiled on This Morning
A new statue of broadcasting and music legend Cilla Black has been unveiled live on This Morning.
Hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby broadcast the scenes live from Liverpool, Black’s hometown, where the statue is situated outside the famous Cavern Club. The statue was commissioned by Black’s sons Robert, Ben and Jack and donated to the city.
Black’s son Robert Willis said: “It brings a smile because they’ve caught the joy. We were asked by the Mayor if we wanted to do something, some sort of memorial, and he suggested a statue and we thought that would be very fitting for her.
“Also, [we thought] if we commissioned it and donated it to the city, it would be a small gesture of gratitude to the wonderful people of this great city and how they responded after our mother died.”
The statue is based on Black’s signature sixties look and her dress even has a few secrets for fans. Willis continued: “It’s based on a sixties design, the dress is chequered and it enabled us to put little stories like photos and lyrics hidden in there for people to check out.
“I’m just incredibly relieved that it turned out as well as it did. We are so happy with it and I hope people enjoy it. And they did get the legs right, she had great legs! And also the nose – it’s the post nose job nose which she would have insisted on!”
According to Willis, Black would have “burst out laughing” at the idea of a statue of herself.
He added: “She was very youthful, in her attitude and in the way she lived her life and she would have loved being captured at a time when she was young and everything was happening for her.”