Headstone and plaque set to be unveiled in memory of Sir Jim

The funeral of Sir Jimmy Savile at Woodlands Cemetary,lowering the coffin..114532b Picture Richard Ponter
The funeral of Sir Jimmy Savile at Woodlands Cemetary,lowering the coffin..114532b Picture Richard Ponter
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A headstone is being unveiled at the final resting place of the late, great Jimmy Savile at Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough on Thursday.

Family and friends will attend a short service at the graveside at 11.30am and will be able to pay their respects again, following Sir Jim’s burial in November last year.

Jason Beardsley of Signs Experience

Jason Beardsley of Signs Experience

The star’s nephew, Roger Foster, explained that the family had had to wait 10 months for the installation of the headstone to give the land chance to settle and stabilise.

He said: “Because he was buried on the side of a hill, and at an angle, we had to wait for the land to settle.

“Due to the weight of the black granite forming the headstone, we knew it wouldn’t be anything less than eight months or so.”

Mr Foster added that the headstone had been inscribed with verse written by Julie Ferguson, who lives in Scotland and had been friends with Sir Jim for 40 years.

Following the service at Woodlands, the attendees will then make their way up to Esplanade for the unveiling of a gilt plaque at Wessex Court, where Sir Jim had his Scarborough residence.

The plaque will be unveiled at 12.30pm by deputy mayor of Scarborough Cllr Andrew Backhouse.

Although gold-coloured, the plaque is actually made from aluminium and was gilded, free of charge, by Jason Beardsley of Signs Experience.

Scarborough Civic Society chairman, Adrian Perry, said he thought such a plaque would be very fitting for Sir Jim, due to his love of “bling”.

Sir Jim’s flat is now being sold by his charitable foundation, The JS Trust, with a guide price of £175,000.