You fixed it for Jim!

The footpath to be named Savile's View
The footpath to be named Savile's View

THE legacy of legendary entertainer Sir Jimmy Savile will forever remain a facet of Scarborough after a popular walkway was named in his honour.

A footpath leading from Sir Jim’s former flat in Esplanade down to the Spa Bridge will be renamed Savile’s View.

The move comes after the Evening News spearheaded a campaign to name an area of Scarborough in memory the eccentric Top of the Pops star, who died aged 84 in October last year.

A sister project to bring a statue of Sir Jim to the town is also continuing to gather momentum.

Cllr David Jeffels said the competition to bequeath an area of the town to Sir Jim was a worthy cause, though joked one suggestion may have lead to certain repercussions.

He said: “This was a pathway that Sir Jim used regularly on his many runs around the South Bay.

“When we found the path did not have a name we thought it most appropriate to honour him in this way and I’m sure it will be very much appreciated by the people of Scarborough.

“We had a number of great suggestions in the competition, including Savile Row, though we felt we might be in competition with the top tailors in London!

“Sir Jim loved Scarborough and Scarborough had a great affection for him and all of his charitable work.

“Sir Jim fixed it for a lot of people and we now want to fix it for him.”

Under the plans, a special gold plaque will also be put up at his former home.

Scarborough and District Civic Society were integral in the move, with chairman Adrian Perry hailing the decision.

He added: “Sir Jim loved Scarborough and had very strong connections with the town.

“The blue plaque scheme normally only honours someone who passed away at least 20 years ago.

“That is why we went for the gold plaque.

“He was such a philanthropist and raised a tremendous amount of money for charity.”

Mr Perry added he hoped the plaque could be put up in the spring.