Bosses at media company Square Rock announced plans for a bronze statue of the late singer-turned-TV presenter on Wednesday (15Dec15) in response to a public appeal for suggestions of ways to mark her career in her native city.

After receiving the blessing of the star's family to undertake the project, sculptor Laura Lian was commissioned to produce a design, which in its current form features Cilla dancing next to a jukebox.

It is not yet known where in Liverpool the statue will be sited, although two suggested locations are outside the Alfie singer's childhood home or near the city's famous Cavern Club venue, where she worked and performed in the 1960s.

Marc Silver, Square Rock's design and production director, believes the new statue will help fans preserve the memory of the beloved entertainer.

"Together with the artist, we are passionate about (having) the possibility to create a permanent tribute and preserve the heritage of Liverpool's very own Cilla Black," he said. "We are confident that Laura Lian will capture Cilla's character and bring her to life for this project."

After Cilla's death in August (15), the star's funeral was held in the city, and members of the public lined the streets to pay their respects.

Attendees at the funeral service included music legends Tom Jones and Cliff Richard.