THOUSANDS of people turned out on Saturday to see the majestic Queen Elizabeth cruise liner sail past Scarborough.
The ship came less than a mile off the town’s South Bay, as part of its maiden voyage around Britain.
Speaking from on board the ship, veteran DJ and broadcaster Sir Jimmy Savile, who has a flat in Esplanade, said: “We’re just coming past now, less than a mile from the shore.
“I can see my flat and there’s no-one in.
“Scarborough looks spectacular from the sea. I could just do with diving overboard and swimming ashore and getting into the Rendezvous Cafe.”
One Scarborough resident, watching from the packed St Nicholas Cliff gardens, said: “We’ve seen ships sail by before. I think it’s great fun and it’s good for the town.
“We’ve got a great vantage point. It’s spectacular.”
Cllr David Jeffels, who holds the portfolio on Scarborough Council for tourism, was among the throng of spectators.
He said: “It was very impressive when it came in to view. I was at the Sea Cliff car park and there were big crowds there, and there were plenty of people on the Esplanade as well.
“It gave the late-season holidaymakers a nice bonus.
“It would have been nice if it could have stopped off for a few days in Scarborough!”