I think it's very fitting that she's come home." He added: "The people of Liverpool really, really love her, her heart is here and now she's here as well. So there is still a sense of disbelief." After an emotional funeral full of tears of sadness and laughter, Cilla Black is now making her final journey.When asked about Anyone Who Had a Heart playing during the funeral, Dennis said: "It was the most wonderful rendition". Her body is being driven the short distance to Allerton Cemetery - where she will be laid to rest in a private burial alongside her beloved parents, John and Priscilla.
He performed an emotional rendition of his song, Faithful One, to mourn the passing of one of Britain's best-loved entertainers.
"She was the greatest, greatest female performer that we have had, on all levels - a great singer, a great comedian, and the best presenter on Saturday night TV." He added: "It feels like the whole nation has lost a friend, a sister, a mother. Black's coffin has now been carried into the waiting hearse as the congregation leaves the church - which is where she wed her beloved husband, Bobby, in 1969.
I think the nation has been singing her songs all week and hopefully her album will get to number one, she would have loved that." Speaking outside the church, TV host Carol Vorderman echoed the sentiments of many mourners after the funeral. Mourners can be seen stopping outside to speak to the bishop and Paul O'Grady is among those pausing at the hearse to say one final goodbye to Black.
After speaking to the crowds and giving some hugs, he said: "It was beautiful, very moving.
"Cliff Richard singing and Paul O'Grady was hilarious.