SIR Cliff Richard helped to lift pal Olivia Newton-John's spirits in New York on Monday (14NOV05) - by treating her to a $9,000 (GBP5,000) meal.

Newton-John, who is still heartbroken following the summer (05) disappearance of her boyfriend Patrick McDermott, joined Richard and friends at a posh New York restaurant, where they dined on kobe steak and vintage wine.