October 27, 2020

Cilla Black and Ken Dodd’s gravestones defaced with ‘offensive’ graffiti

Showbiz legends Cilla Black and Ken Dodd have had their gravestones defaced by yobs attempting to besmear the megastars’ legacies.

Their graves were defaced by vandals who are believed to have scrawled ‘offensive’ graffiti on their headstones on Monday night.

Both Scouse celebrities are buried at Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool where the graves were vandalised overnight by yobs.

Sir Ken’s headstone has even had to be removed from his final resting place in order to be further cleaned, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The space where Ken Dodd’s grave stone stood before yobs defaced it

Cilla’s headstone was able to be repaired on site but it is not the first time the Surprise! Surprise! star’s grave has been targeted.

Shortly after her burial in 2015, cruel thieves stole a bronze plaque inscribed with her name.

A post in a community Facebook group claimed the graffiti was ‘offensive’ but the exact nature of the vandalism has not been confirmed.

It understood both families have been made aware of the vandalism, and Liverpool Council are working to carry out repairs in a timely manner.

Cilla’s headstone was able to be repaired on site but it is not the first time the Surprise! Surprise! star’s grave has been targeted

A local council spokesperson said: “We were appalled to discover this morning that the graves of Cilla Black and Sir Ken Dodd had been vandalised overnight. Staff are carrying out repairs.

“We would urge anyone who has any information about the person or people responsible to contact the police.”

Sir Ken died on March 18, 2018, aged 90, at his home in Knotty Ash, the same home in which he was born and raised.

He was laid to rest, alongside his mother Sarah and father Arthur, in a private burial service at Allerton Cemetery in Liverpool.

Sir Ken died on March 18, 2018, aged 90

Cilla, meanwhile, was buried just feet from her parents’ graves, and her headstone is a marble memorial which describes her as a “devoted mother and grandmother”.

Cilla died in August 2015 aged 72 and her headstone carries her name ‘Cilla Black OBE’ above the single word: “Singer”.

The headstone also gives her full name, Priscilla Maria Veronica Willis, nee White, and gives her date of birth and death: May 27, 1943 and August 1, 2015.

It reads: “Beloved wife of Bobby, Devoted mother and grandmother. She celebrated life to the living of it and loved to entertain.”

Cilla passed away in August 2015 aged 72

The headstone also features lyrics from some of Cilla’s most famous songs, Step Inside Love, Alfie and You’re My World.

Cilla died from a stroke in August at her villa in Spain, after losing her balance and falling while sunbathing.

Her funeral was held at St Mary’s Church, Woolton – where she married her late husband Bobby Willis in 1969.

Merseyside Police were approached for comment in relation to the vandalism.

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