Huge crowds expected at Savile burial

FANS wishing to pay their last respects to Sir Jimmy Savile on Thursday are being advised that the best place will be Scarborough seafront around noon.

Huge crowds are expected to gather at Woodlands Cemetery for the burial at 1pm and parking will be very limited.

Sergeant Richard Mallinson, who will be the duty sergeant on the day, said: “Traffic cones will be put out from the hospital all the way up to the crematorium and there will be just a small amount of parking on one side of the road. We would encourage people to not park up there but leave plenty of time and park elsewhere.

“It would make more sense for people to be at the Foreshore to pay their respects as they will be able to see more.”

Police and council officers will be on hand both at Woodlands and at the seafront to offer assistance and direct traffic.

People are reminded that everyone is welcome at Woodlands and to watch the cortege along the seafront from noon, but are asked to be mindful that it will be busy and that traffic will be affected.

Scarborough Hospital’s facilities director James Hayward is also asking patients and visitors to consider Thursday’s events.

He said: “We are encouraging patients and visitors to plan their travel accordingly and perhaps leave a little extra time if they need to be at the hospital near the time of the funeral.

“We would also ask people to be considerate and leave the hospital car parks free for those people attending appointments or visiting relatives. Also please consider access for emergency vehicles during the period to ensure we have clear routes for ambulances.”

The funeral cortege will arrive in Scarborough at around 11.30am at Esplanade.

It will makes its way down past the Rotunda Museum, under Spa Bridge and pause on the foreshore in front of the Grand Hotel at around noon.

The procession will then be led on foot by funeral director John Benson as far as Luna Park. The cars will then proceed round Marine Drive and on to Woodlands.