Cilla Black

Cilla Black

So let the 'Cillabrations' begin

Cilla Black played host to an extravagant party on Friday night in London as she celebrated her 50 years in showbusiness.

After releasing her debut single, 'Love of the Loved' - written by Beatles legends Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon - on September 27 1963, Cilla decided to mark the occasion 50 years on with a party dubbed 'Cillabration'.

The event was attended by guests including Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ronnie Wood's ex-wife Jo, and fellow British TV personalities Bobby Davro, Jim Davidson and Des O'Connor.

Cilla also released a special audio message for fans to mark her special day, in which she says, "Can you believe it? Fifty years ago today I released my first ever single, 'Love of the Loved', and I want to take time out to thank all of my fans for your love and support over the years. So let the 'Cillabrations' begin..".

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