Five years on from her death… Cilla Black’s estate have released a number of photos from the family archive.
This Saturday, August 1, will be the anniversary of the tragedy.
Cilla died in Estepona, on the Costa del Sol, in Spain in 2015, aged 72, after she fell and hit her head.
She lost consciousness before suffering a stroke.
The pics coincide with a short film – shot in September 1973 – which her son Robert released at the weekend to mark his birthday.
It showed her at her home and giving a personal tour of her house and garden in Denham, Bucks.
In a message to his mum’s fans online, he wrote: “As I turn 50 today, here’s a little something special from our family archives. I hope you enjoy seeing this as much as my family and I have.”
The footage was originally made for a fan club convention in October 1973.
It was screened at the event at Tiffany’s in London after Cilla invited 1,200 lucky fans to join her at the prestigious venue to celebrate her 10 years in showbiz.
Clips from Cilla’s intimate home movie show a relaxed and happy Cilla working in her kitchen with her then three-year-old son, Robert Willis.
In other scenes from the footage – shot in September 1973 – the Blind Date and Surprise, Surprise star can be seen walking around her rose garden and looking through fan mail.
It also features her husband Bobby and the family’s three Briard dogs, Sophie, Ada and Walter.
The old film and audio tapes were discovered by Robert and his younger brothers, Jack and Ben, when they were clearing out their mum’s house in Estepona.
Two limited edition Cilla singles – You’re Sensational and Have I Told You Lately – are also due to be made available on the site in CD format. The songs were remixed by the Dutch DJ, Matt Pop.
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