Remembering Cilla

Radio Clatterbridge listeners have been given a unique insight into the real Cilla Black.

The late entertainer's friend and former driver has been remembering his time with her for a special edition of Live From The Bridge.

Adam Harding-Jones with Cilla Black

Adam Harding-Jones recalled how he first met Cilla when she came out of retirement to announce her starring role in one of the Capital of Culture's finale events in 2008.

The Wirral-based chauffeur told presenter Andy Bonner how the sixties superstar took a shine to him when he returned her lost luggage after a journey from Liverpool to Cilla's home outside London.

"A month or so later, the phone went: 'She's asked personally will you look after her when she comes up to Liverpool'." - Adam Harding-Jones

Adam, who owns Swift Sure Cars, said how he spent the next few months looking after Cilla and how she also mothered him.


The former police officer recalled going out into Liverpool city centre with the star and pal Pete Price.

He said people would see her and head towards Cilla like a magnet.

"She's such an important person. She was my responsibility... but there was never anything that would make me worry. People just wanted to say hello to her." - Adam Harding-Jones

Adam said Cilla loved being in Liverpool and his thoughts have been with her sons after losing their mum.


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