Newbury Racecourse has paid tribute to the late Cilla Black, a regular visitor to the racecourse.
A spokesman for Newbury Racecourse, Andy Clifton, released the following statement today (Monday Aug 3):
“Cilla was a regular visitor to Newbury on Hennessy Gold Cup day over the past few years and always seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day.
She had time for everyone and was happy to chat to racegoers, pose for photographs and even sign racecards for people.
Everyone at the racecourse was sad to hear the news that she had passed away, but as so many others have said, she was a wonderful, warm-hearted lady and everyone who came into contact with her at the races always left with a smile on their face.”
The star, who rose to fame with a string of 1960's pop hits, died on Saturday, (Aug 1), aged 72, in Spain.
A book of condolence has been opened in her home city at Liverpool Town Hall.
A Post Mortem carried out in Southern Spain has revealed her death was due to natural causes.
Do you have a fond memory of Cilla? Did she sign an autograph, or stop to speak to you at Newbury Racecourse ?If you are from Newbury, or the surrounding area and appeared on the television programmes, Blind Date, or Surprise Surprise, or met the star and would like to pay tribute, please contact reporter Jane Meredith, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTOGRAPH GAVIN JAMES