Savile memorial plans move on

Sir Jimmy Savile at Scarborough railway station on Saturday to make a TV ad for the Golden age of the train, but this time the Scarborough Spa Express, which starts running on the 19th July. Picture by Andrew Higgins 1126112k 02/07/11
Sir Jimmy Savile at Scarborough railway station on Saturday to make a TV ad for the Golden age of the train, but this time the Scarborough Spa Express, which starts running on the 19th July. Picture by Andrew Higgins 1126112k 02/07/11

MEMBERS of Sir Jimmy Savile’s family have given their blessing for a permanent memorial of the star to be erected in Scarborough.

Discussions are still in the very early stages but the idea has been met with a positive response from Sir Jimmy’s nephew, Roger Foster.

The retired headteacher said: “My uncle was very proud to be a freeman of the town and this would be another honour.

“It depends what people in Scarborough want, but if a statue is what people would like to do, then that’s fine.”

He added: “Whether he’d like the seagulls landing on his head is another matter!”

Sir Jim’s niece, Amanda McKenna, said she would also support the idea of a statue or similar tribute. Following her uncle’s final procession through Scarborough and burial at Woodlands Cemetery, she thanked the people of Scarborough for coming out to pay their respects.

She said: “The response in Scarborough has been fabulous. We’re really honoured - Scarborough has done him proud.”

Mrs McKenna added that if they were trying to contact Jimmy and he wasn’t answering the telephone in Leeds, they would always try Scarborough next as he loved to spend a lot of time here.

Scarborough Council is now in the process of setting up a focus group, with tourism portfolio holder Cllr David Jeffels representing the council.

The group will consist of six or seven members who were involved in some way or another with Sir Jim or have the right expertise in the cultural world so far as a suitable memorial to him is concerned.

Once the proposed members of the group have agreed to take part, a meeting will be fixed as soon as possible as offers of funding have already been received for a memorial to be created for the town.

Cllr Jeffels said: “This is a long term project because it is important that we get a suitable and appropriate memorial to commemorate Sir Jimmy as he had so much affection for Scarborough and was held in such high regard.”