Cilla Black, who passed away at her holiday home in El Paraiso on Saturday night, was a regular visitor to Marbella.
Championed by The Beatles and the only female artist signed by their manager Brian Epstein, Liverpudlian Cilla had a series of hits during the 60s including “Step Inside Love” and “Anyone who had a Heart”.
In the 80s Cilla became the queen of Saturday night TV in the UK with millions tuning into shows such as Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.
Like other light entertainment figures such as Jimmy Tarbuck and Bruce Forsyth, Cilla bought a holiday villa near Marbella, and was often spotted in Puerto Banus, especially at Old Joys, where Marbella photographer Johnny Gates took this picture of me with her, and singer the late Andy Anderson.
Of the many tributes today, several from Marbella remembered Cilla and Andy belting out showstopping numbers in the piano bars of Banus, and commented that they would be enjoying a few more in heaven tonight!
RIP “Our Cilla”
With thanks to Johnny Gates for the photograph