Savile’s gravestone taken down overnight

Savile Grave'Funeral director Robert Morphet at the graveside now the headstone has been removed'Picture by Neil Silk  124127a'10/10/12
Savile Grave'Funeral director Robert Morphet at the graveside now the headstone has been removed'Picture by Neil Silk 124127a'10/10/12

Sir Jimmy Savile’s headstone has been taken down at Woodlands Cemetery at the request of his family.

Work was carried out between 11.30pm last night at 1am this morning by funeral directors Joseph A. Hey and Sons of Bradford.

Four men carried out the work on the £4,000 headstone, which will now be disposed of.

The inscription “It was good while it lasted” will be ground off and the stone will be broken down.

Funeral director Robert Morphet said: “We do remove memorials regularly for additional interments, but what makes this unprecedented is that the family wanted this to preserve the dignity of the cemetery.”

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