24/08/2015 08:16 BST | Updated 24/08/2015 08:59 BST

Dale Winton Breaks Cover After Missing Cilla Black's Funeral, Sporting A Striking New Look

Dale Winton has been spotted for the first time since missing Cilla Black’s funeral last week.


The National Lottery presenter broke cover to grab lunch in London over the weekend, and was seen sporting a rather striking new look.

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Dale Winton sported a new mohawk as he stepped out

Dale was snapped with an edgy mohawk hairstyle, as he picked up some treats from Patisserie Valerie.

His appearance came as his people issued a statement explaining why he didn’t attend the funeral of his close friend in Liverpool last Thursday (20 August).

They claimed that filming commitments with game show ‘In It To Win It’ prevented him from attending.

His spokesperson told The Mirror: "Dale was incredibly upset not to be able to attend the funeral because of immoveable BBC filming commitments in Scotland.

"I know his thoughts are still very much with the family and he plans to attend any memorial should there be one."

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Dale broke cover for the first time in months

Dale’s outing was also the first time he was seen in public since his uncomfortable appearance on ‘In It To Win It’ in April, where viewers voiced their concerns that he “didn’t look well”.

Such was the level of concern that his name began trending on Twitter.

He later claimed he was "too upset" to talk on camera about Cilla’s death, but went on to say he had lost a "true, trusted and loyal friend".

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Dale and Cilla were close friends for many years

“Cilla was a dear and close friend,” he told ITV News.

“Above all she was the most loyal person a friend could have. She was wonderful to be around, and caring, kind and happy. She was also a brilliant wife and mother.

“She was a true ‘star’ and a genuine national icon. My thoughts and best wishes are with her beloved boys and family.”

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