Sir Jim memorial: your ideas invited

Possible Jimmy Savile statue site on seafront.'120165c. Picture Kevin Allen.'07/01/12.
Possible Jimmy Savile statue site on seafront.'120165c. Picture Kevin Allen.'07/01/12.

MORE details were released today of plans to create an iconic permanent memorial to Sir Jimmy Savile on Scarborough seafront.

A £50,000 appeal has been launched by the Scarborough Sir Jimmy Savile Memorial Group, which is inviting views from the public on the form and design of any tribute.

Sir Jimmy Savile at Scarborough railway station, takes a break from filming a TV ad for the Golden age of the train, the Scarborough Spa Express steam train excursions. 'AH - " This was the last time I met and photographed Jimmy. He did seem less energetic than previous photocalls, but little did anyone know he wouldn't be around only 3 months later". Picture by Andrew Higgins 02/07/2011

Sir Jimmy Savile at Scarborough railway station, takes a break from filming a TV ad for the Golden age of the train, the Scarborough Spa Express steam train excursions. 'AH - " This was the last time I met and photographed Jimmy. He did seem less energetic than previous photocalls, but little did anyone know he wouldn't be around only 3 months later". Picture by Andrew Higgins 02/07/2011

The location has yet to be decided but possibilities include the foreshore at Sandside or at West Pier, which is due to undergo renovation in a new scheme.

Sculptors are also being invited to submit designs, with three already offering their services. The Arts Council has been approached to help promote the project.

You could help name an area of land opposite the apartment of Sir Jimmy Savile. Suggestions for a name are being invited by the memorial group, which comprises close friends and other representatives.

The area is diagonally opposite his apartment at Wessex Court on the Esplanade, overlooking South Bay. The area extends from the Esplanade, to the right of the steps that lead to the Spa Bridge.

A spokesman for the memorial committee said: “Sir Jim used that route hundreds of times over the years and it would be interesting to see what suggestions people can come up with.”

A blue plaque memorial is being considered by the Civic Society for Sir Jimmy’s apartment if residents agree but eligibility is 20 years after death.

In the meantime, a gilt-coloured plaque would be installed.

If you wish to pledge a contribution to the appeal for a permanent Sir Jimmy memorial, please use the form alongside. It is hoped that individuals, organisations and businesses, particularly those involved in leisure and tourism, will host or organise fund-raising events.

It is hoped that the statue will become a major tourist attraction, particularly as Sir Jim chose to be buried in Scarborough. He died at 84 last October and his cortege included the seafront.