Work is under way on Mathew Street in Liverpool to prepare for a new statue of TV and pop legend Cilla Black; the unveiling on the 16 January 2017 will coincide with the 60th birthday of the legendary Cavern Club.
The bronze sculpture will stand outside the former entrance to the Cavern where a young Cilla worked in the club’s cloakroom and began her singing career. It is being funded by and donated to Liverpool by Cilla’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 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. It will be one-and-a-fifth times life size and captures Cilla the singer in all her early ’60s glory (see the above photo). 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.