Clitheroe businessman calls for Cilla damehood

Kevin Horkin calls for Cilla to be made a Dame (s)
Kevin Horkin calls for Cilla to be made a Dame (s)

A Clitheroe businessman is calling for the late Cilla Black to be awarded a posthumous Damehood.

Mr Kevin Horkin has written to the Prime Minister David Cameron and also the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne recommending the award for the singer who he had been friends with for almost 25 years.

I know that it would have meant a tremendous amount to Cilla and her family

Mr Kevin Horkin

Mr Horkin, who was among hundreds of mourners who attended Cilla’s funeral last week, said: “It seems only fair and right that such an icon of the entertainment

industry should be honoured in exactly the same way as her fellow female “Northern”

contemporaries Dames Julie Walters, Shirley Bassey and Judy Dench.

“Far too few northern females have been recognized in such a deserving way.

“It is highly likely that with the recent television series and stage show which celebrated her life, work and achievements that she would have received a Damehood in the honours list in the foreseeable future. It’s just a shame she didn’t receive one while she was still with us.

“I know that it would have meant a tremendous amount to Cilla and her family.’’

The award would also be a fitting tribute to the extensive charity work that Cilla was involved with including the Community Foundation for Lancashire and Merseyside, which Mr Horkin was involved with and which Cilla was a prominent supporter of.

They were also fellow supporters of the Variety Club of Great Britain and some of the other charities that Cilla was involved with included Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, Scannappeal, the British Heart Foundation and the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service.