Statue of Cilla Black unveiled in Liverpool

She passed away at her home in Spain in 2015

Statue of Cilla Black unveiled in Liverpool

The statue of the singer Cilla Black after it was unveiled outside the Cavern Club in Liverpool | Image: Peter Byrne PA Wire/PA Images

A statue of British singer and TV host Cilla Black has been unveiled in Liverpool.

It was unveiled in her home city by her eldest son, Robert Willis.

The bronze sculpture is of a young Black is outside the original entrance to the city's legendary Cavern Club - a few yards down from where the cavern is today.

It was here during the early 1960s she worked as a cloakroom attendant and began her singing career.

She was best known for her career as a pop star in the 60s and TV star in the 80s and 90s with 'Surprise Surprise' and 'Blind Date'.

The statue is one-and-a-fifth times life size and was funded by and donated to Liverpool by her three sons as a 'thank you' for the city's out-pour of love and support after her death in summer 2015.

"It's so fitting that Cilla will be celebrated alongside a place that played such a pivotal role in her career, as the Cavern did in the careers of many other bands and singers", Willis said.

Artist Andy Edwards (left) with Cilla Black sons (left to right) Ben, Jack and Robert Willis with artist Emma Rodgers by the statue of the singer at its unveiling outside the Cavern Club in Liverpool | Image: Peter Byrne PA Wire/PA Images

The statue was created by artists Emma Rodgers and Andy Edwards and cast in Castle Fine Arts Foundry.

Her sons had originally approached Castle Fine Arts Foundry after being impressed with statues it produced of The Beatles - as well as artworks of boxer Muhammad Ali and Queen Elizabeth II.