Singer and songwriter Colin Vearncombe, aka Black, who died on last month following a car accident, is to be remembered at a public memorial service in Liverpool, where he grew up.
The service for the musician, who had a worldwide hit in 1987 with the song Wonderful Life, is due to take place at 7pm on Friday February 19 at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
A statement from his publicist said: “Hundreds of friends, acquaintances and music fans have expressed a desire to come together to celebrate Colin’s life and everyone is warmly welcome to join Colin’s family to give him one last wonderful send-off.
“This is a public event and a large number of people are expected to attend from around the world.
“The singer and musician is survived by sons Max, Marius, and Milan, wife Camilla, brothers David and Rick, father Alan and mother Silvia, who ask that it be family flowers only. Those who wish may make a donation in Colin’s memory to one of two chosen charities:
Bru Columbanus – a facility that provides ‘home from home’ accommodation to relatives of seriously ill patients in Cork Hospitals and has been a haven for Colin’s family in the past few weeks.
You can donate to this here: http://www.mycharity.ie/event/colinvearncombe/
Or West Cork Rapid Response Team – a voluntary group working in partnership with the Cork Emergency Services that provides pre-hospital critical care at the scene of accidents. This service is funded entirely by donations
You can donate to this here: http://www.westcorkrapidresponse.ie/”
Colin Vearncombe sold more than two million records over the course of a 30-year career. His most recent album, Blind Faith, was released last year to widespread critical acclaim.