Cilla Black's funeral to be held on August 20


Cilla Black's funeral is due to be held next week, it has been confirmed.

The television presenter and former pop star will be laid to rest at St Mary's Church in Woolton, in her home city of Liverpool, on Thursday August 20.

The Right Reverend Thomas Williams will conduct the service, which he said is due to be held at 1pm.

Black died of a stroke after falling and hitting her head at her Spanish villa on August 1, aged 72.

Black's body has already been flown back to the UK in advance of the funeral, her publicist confirmed.

The star made a posthumous comeback to the UK music charts last week with her compilation album The Very Best Of.

The greatest hits collection, first released in 1983 and then most recently re-released in 2013, landed its highest ever chart position in 14th spot as fans paid tribute.

It was Black's highest charting album since Sher-oo in 1968, according to the Official Charts Company.

Her former Number One single Anyone Who Had A Heart, first released in 1964, also returned to the charts in 41st place, marking its highest chart position in 51 years.

Her husband, Bobby Willis, died in 1999.