Daniel O'Donnell

Aug 23rd 2015, Farewell to Cilla.

Hi there,


Like many of you, I was saddened by the sudden passing of the wonderful Cilla Black. I first met Cilla many years ago when I appeared on her TV show “Surprise Surprise” and through the years I got to know her and her husband Bobby on a professional level. In latter years, I had the privilege of getting to know her a little better meeting her in more private surroundings with our good friend Cliff Richard and she was always a joy to meet. Both Majella and I always enjoyed her company and she added so much to the gatherings that we were part of. We will certainly miss her in the future. She had a lovely funeral service and a wonderful send off from the people of Liverpool. This was nothing less than she deserved because, as the papers said she was their “Cinderella” and never forgot where she came from.  I was absolutely delighted to see her album go to number 1 in the UK charts, somehow a fitting tribute to the star that she was. I thought that the nicest quote that was said was “To be born a lady is an accident; to die one is an achievement” My sympathies go out to her sons Ben, Robert and Jack and all of her extended family. May her gentle soul rest in peace.


I suppose by now most of you have heard that I have been asked to take part in this year’s “Strictly Come Dancing” in the UK!! It certainly is quite a challenge for me but one that I am looking forward to. However, I am quite nervous about the whole experience. I suppose I could say I am excited and terrified all at the same time!! I’m sure I am going to have a lot of fun. I know I will enjoy the opportunity of learning to dance Ballroom and Latin dances properly and I hope that I stay long enough to perfect at least some of them. Who knows I might be there till Christmas and I might even get to lift The Glitter Ball Trophy!!!! Well, I have to think positively!! I hope that you’ll be able to put your votes my way!! I sound like a politician now! Anyway hope all is well with you. Trish will be keeping you up to date with my progress on Strictly.

Take care

God Bless