Sir Jim’s audience share their tributes

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MEMBERS of the public have been sharing their own tributes to Sir Jimmy Savile with the Evening News.

Sharon Wild, 48, a council worker, of County Durham, said: “I was really sad to hear the news.

“I hadn’t realised how much he did for charity – he raised millions.”

Her father John Smith, 72, a retired social worker, added: “Personally I’m very sad. I think he was great.

“He had a very good life and did what he wanted to do. He was an ebullient character.”

Roberta Cowen, who is retired and lives in Filey Road, said: “He’s always been a super person in Scarborough and a lovely character.

“He would always wave to people and stop to talk to them. He will be very much missed.”

Job centre worker Gary Mortimer, 52, of Trafalgar Road, said: “I think a lot of people will have been shocked by the news. He spent a lot of time here in Scarborough and made a big contribution through his charity work.

“Jim’ll Fix It must have been one of the most watched programmes at the time.”

Receptionist Agnes Gibson, 57, who was visiting Scarborough from Glasgow, said: “I was very surprised. I thought he’d go on forever!

“He ran the Glasgow marathon a few times and I think he’d have liked to be in Scarborough for the 10K.

“It’s very sad news.”

David Robinson, 62, a programmer, from Beverley, said: “It’s very sad that he’s gone.

“He did a lot for a lot of people and he did it with style.”

Jeff Green, 45, a joiner, from Scunthorpe, said: “What he’s done for charity is great.

“He did some tremendous work for the spinal injuries unit at Stoke Mandeville.

“I remember him from when he was on Jim’ll Fix It. I always used to watch.”

Bricklayer Paul Readman, 47, from Whitby, said: “He was a legend. We all grew up watching him on telly.

“I was gutted when I heard the news. He was a great character.”

Nurse Amanda Burchett, 34, who is from Scarborough and now lives in Driffield, said: “I went to school in Scarborough and spent a lot of time at a cafe called Creamville.

“He was in there quite a lot and was always very friendly.

“He was a really nice guy.”

Civil servant Michael Webster, 48, of Ayton, said: “I bumped into him two years ago at the Night Before the Colours ball at the Spa.

“I spoke to him about the possibility of starting the 10K race.

“I was very sad to hear the news. He was a bit of a character and I grew up watching his TV show.”

Former Scarborough football referee Brian Crawford, of Cross Lane, recalls the time fellow referee Peter Pennock brought Sir Jim to a meeting.

He gave a talk and was made an honorary member and presented with a tie.

Mr Crawford said: “He was brilliant. We were all really pleased to see him.”

Veteran coal hump participant John Hunter got to know Sir Jim after meeting him at charity events.

He said: “He sponsored the Coast to Coast coal carry and ran along the A59 with us. It’s a shame he’s gone. I thought he’d go on forever.”