Sir Jim sail-past

The Queen Elizabeth sails past Scaborough South Bay.
The Queen Elizabeth sails past Scaborough South Bay.
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A SPECIAL sail-past in honour of Sir Jimmy Savile has been scheduled for next summer by cruise liner giant Cunard.

The Queen Elizabeth is due to pass Scarborough at 3pm on August 1, 2013, and sound its whistle as a mark of respect.

Sir Jimmy Savile OBE - Freeman of the Borough of Scarborough receive their Honorary Freeman Badges at the Town Hall today. 071769   26/4/07    pic AH

Sir Jimmy Savile OBE - Freeman of the Borough of Scarborough receive their Honorary Freeman Badges at the Town Hall today. 071769 26/4/07 pic AH

Sir Jim, who died on October 29 aged 84, was a veteran traveller who had been all over the world on Cunard ships.

He is now buried in Scarborough’s Woodlands cemetery, at a specially requested 45 degree angle so he could “see the sea”.

A spokeswoman for Cunard said Sir Jim was “a true friend of Cunard”.

She added: “He was marvellous on the ships, always speaking to anyone and everyone as he made his way round the decks.”

The sail-past has been scheduled to take place during daylight hours to allow people to see the vessel from the shore.

Sir Jim was among celebrity guests at a ceremony in Southampton when the Queen officially named the new vessel on October 12, 2010.

His last voyage was aboard Queen Elizabeth on her maiden Round Britain trip in September.

Sir Jim’s good friend Eric Flounders, who has just retired from his communications role at Cunard, paid tribute to Sir Jim following his death just weeks later.

He said: “Jimmy and I shared two big passions, Scarborough and Cunard, in that order, and in the 25 years I knew him I don’t think we ever ran out of things to say on either subject.

“These twin interests merged very well when I persuaded him to join QE2 – his favourite ship – as we sailed past Scarborough on the ship’s 40th anniversary voyage in 2007.

“I well remember leaning over the bridge rail and watching this tiny figure way below trying to negotiate his transfer from a little fishing boat bobbing up and down in the swell, to QE2 which continued to travel along at five knots past the Castle Head.

“It would have been a difficult manoeuvre for anybody short of the SAS, let alone a virtual octogenarian, but he managed – aided by the Captain bellowing down from the bridge ‘Jump, Jimmy, jump!’”

He added that Sir Jim would always stop and speak to members of the public and had “a word for everybody”.