Gravestone is smashed as Savile allegations continue

Savile Gravestone'The front page of the Sun from 11th October 2012'124141'12/10/12
Savile Gravestone'The front page of the Sun from 11th October 2012'124141'12/10/12

Sir Jimmy Savile’s headstone was smashed to pieces and thrown into a skip after it was removed from Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough.

The £4,000 marble memorial, which was taken down at the request of the family, will now be sent for landfill.

It has also been confirmed that a Scarborough sail-past by Cunard, planned for next summer as a tribute to Sir Jim, has now been cancelled.

Savile was a regular traveller on Cunard ships and was on board the Queen Elizabeth during its first voyage around Britain in September last year, the month before he died.

He also greeted the QE2, Cunard’s former flagship, in a fishing boat off the coast of Scarborough, on one of its final sailings in 2008 before it was retired to Dubai.

A spokeswoman from Cunard said: “In the light of recent developments, clearly Cunard will not be going ahead with the planned sail-by next year.”

Speculation is now mounting about whether his body could be exhumed from the plot in Woodlands Cemetery, following growing allegations of child abuse.