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Cilla Black's friends call for memorial statue

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Cilla Black's friends call for memorial statue

Cilla Black may have a statue created in her honour in her native Liverpool.

Friends and fans of the iconic British entertainer, who tragically died on August 1, have called on the English city to erect a memorial to the singer and TV presenter.

Close friend Jimmy Tarbuck told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I would certainly like to see a statue of her in Liverpool. She ranks alongside people like Ken Dodd and The Beatles.

"She was a wonderful ambassador for our city and very proud of Liverpool - and Liverpool was very proud of her."

TV and stage star Christopher Biggins added: "As the Cinderella of Liverpool it is important her life and career is remembered forever."

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson confirmed talks will be held with Cilla's family about a memorial of some sort.

Cilla's body was recently returned to the UK from Spain, where she died at her holiday home.

Her cause of death was determined to be a stroke, which was brought on after a fall in which she hit her head.

It's thought Cilla's funeral will take place at St Mary Church in Denham, Buckinghamshire, where her husband Bobby Willis was laid to rest in 1999.