Farewell to a legend

The funeral of Sir Jimmy Savile at Woodlands Cemetary,guests and well wishers view the flowers.  .114532k Picture Richard Ponter
The funeral of Sir Jimmy Savile at Woodlands Cemetary,guests and well wishers view the flowers. .114532k Picture Richard Ponter

FAMILY, friends and fans alike gathered at Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough to say their final goodbyes to Sir Jimmy Savile.

The star was laid to rest in the cemetery’s highest plot and at a 45 degree angle, so he could “see the sea,” as was his wish.

Crowds gathered to pay their respects and watch as Sir Jim was laid to rest on the town he loved.

A short service was led by Father Martin Kelly, of the Diocese of Leeds, who said: “We gather with the people of Scarborough, led by the deputy mayor, who have shown their great affection for Jimmy by the way they have lined the streets and come out to honour him.

“He was very proud of being a freeman of the borough of Scarborough, so it is right that he comes here now, to his second home.”

He added that the reaction from the people of Scarborough showed “he was a man who had a place deep in people’s hearts”.

The funeral of Sir Jimmy Savile at Woodlands Cemetary.114532a Picture Richard Ponter

The funeral of Sir Jimmy Savile at Woodlands Cemetary.114532a Picture Richard Ponter

The gold-coloured casket was lowered gently into place by six men from funeral directors Joseph A Hey and Son, of Bradford.

Members of the family and close friends, led by Sir Jim’s nephew Roger Foster, laid white roses in the grave and held hands as they said their farewells.

Speaking after the service, Mr Foster said: “The crowds we have seen in Scarborough have been wonderful.

“So many people have given up their time to wait and pay their last respects.”

He added that being able to share the events with the public had been very special, saying: “Jimmy was always available to the public. He’d quite happily sit in the Corner Cafe and chat to people, then walk round to the South Bay again.”

Sir Jim’s niece Amanda McKenna said: “The response in Scarborough has been fabulous. Everyone has been out in the villages on the way over and children have been standing outside schools with their heads bowed. We’re really honoured. Scarborough has done him proud.”

Deputy mayor Helen Mallory said: “I think it’s wonderful that he’s chosen to come to Scarborough.

“The position is wonderful – he couldn’t have picked a better final resting place.”