So Long Our Cilla, We’ll Miss You Chuck x

Dear Reader,

It’s time to bid a fond farewell to Our Cilla today…

Remember Blind Date? Back in 1988 – way before X Factor or BGT – Cilla Black’s saucy TV dating game was an essential part of my Saturday night. Well, every girl’s Saturday night really. It was the perfect backdrop to pouffing up your 80s hairdo ready for a night’s dancing…!

But it’s easy to forget that Cilla was a pop star twenty years before this, with a sweet and expressive voice that earned her a string of great hits. Take a look at her in 1968 – adorable at age 25, and already a mahoosive star. This song was written for her by Paul McCartney!

With her cute 60s style and natural warmth, Cilla became an enduring icon of the Swinging Sixties…

Cilla with Cathy McGowan

Cilla’s own 1969 wedding to Bobby Willis was a media event in itself. Check out this gorgeous clip from Pathe News, which was broadcast into cinemas…

Sadly, Bobby died in 1999. But they did enjoy a long and loving marriage that lasted 30 years.

With Cathy McGowan in Kensington’s Biba store

So long Cilla – we send you off with a lorra lorra love!


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