PREPARATIONS are well under way for Sir Jimmy Savile’s final send-off in Scarborough on Thursday.
Funeral director Robert Morphet, of Joseph A Hey & Sons, is reminding members of the public that they are welcome to attend the burial at Woodlands Cemetery at 1pm and to watch the funeral cortege make its way along the seafront beforehand.
He said: “The family want as many people to be there as possible.
“Everybody is welcome, but it’s difficult to judge what numbers will be like on the day.
“However, plans are being made to ensure everyone is looked after.”
People are being advised that the best place to pay their respects will be as the funeral passes along Foreshore Road, Sandside and Marine Drive.
The cortege will pause in Foreshore Road beneath the Grand Hotel at around noon.
It will then be led at walking pace by funeral director John Benson as far as Luna Park.
The cars will then pass slowly around Marine Drive, through Peasholm and on to Woodlands.
Parking is currently free on Marine Drive and people are encouraged to take advantage of this.
A free double decker bus to Woodlands is being laid on by Jack Stephenson of Shoreline Suncruisers.
It will pick up in Sandside outside the Ivy Cafe at 11.55am and at the Railway Station at 12.05pm. It will also bring people back after the service.
He said: “We’ve had a number of people ringing up asking how they can get up there and we always try our best to help.”
The open top buses will be going round both bays as normal.
Castle ward councillor Janet Jefferson is also asking if anyone would be interested in coach travel to Leeds on Wednesday for Sir Jim’s funeral at St Anne’s Cathedral.
The former mayor said: “We need a minimum of 30 people and the cost will be around £8 to £10 per person.
“The coach will be leaving from outside the train station at around 11.30am.” Anyone who is interested should contact Janet ASAP on (01723) 354019 or 07759 914730.
Cllr Jefferson added: “I was going to get the train, but then a resident suggested a coach. I just wanted to be there. Jimmy did such a lot for Scarborough.”