Liverpool’s newest “must-see” landmark, a statue of TV and pop music icon Cilla Black will be unveiled by Cilla’s eldest son Robert Willis at 11am on Monday, 16 January 2017. The unveiling will be televised live by ITV’s ‘This Morning’ show.
The Bronze sculpture of a young Cilla has been erected outside the original entrance to Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club (a few yards down from where the Cavern is today), where during the early 1960s the “You’re My World” singer worked as a cloakroom attendant and began her singing career.
The one-and-a-fifth times life size statue was funded by and donated to Liverpool by the late star’s three sons as a ‘thank you’ for the city’s out-pour of love and support after their mum’s 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…” – Robert Willis
The statue was created by artists Emma Rodgers and Andy Edwards was cast in Castle Fine Arts Foundry in the Baltic Triangle of Cilla’s home town of Liverpool. Cilla’s sons had originally approached Castle Fine Arts Foundry after being impressed with statues it produced of The Beatles which stands on the Pier Head of Liverpool. The Foundry is much revered also for its stunning artworks of boxer Muhammad Ali and Queen Elizabeth II.