Woodlands burial for Sir Jimmy

SIR Jimmy Savile will be laid to rest in Woodlands cemetery next Thursday.

The exact time is yet to be confirmed, as are details about a funeral procession through the town.

Funeral director John Benson, of Bradford firm Joseph A Hey & Son, confirmed that members of the public who wish to pay their respects at Woodlands will be welcome to do so.

The body of the 84-year-old, found dead at his home in Roundhay, Leeds, on Saturday, will be placed in a gold coloured coffin at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds, on Tuesday – although not in an open casket.

It will be on display from 9am until 4.30pm on Tuesday when members of the public can pay their final respects.

The funeral, next Wednesday at 2pm at St Anne’s Catholic Cathedral in Leeds, will be preceded by a procession around the streets before the requiem Mass.

Tributes have continued to pour in for the veteran DJ, presenter and campaigner, best known to many for his long-running television programme Jim’ll Fix It.

Two Leeds MPs have tabled a motion in the House of Commons that honours the contribution Jimmy Savile made to charity, television and radio during his lifetime.

In early day motion 2337, Fabian Hamilton, the Labour MP for Leeds North East, and Greg Mulholland, Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West, ask that “this House mourns the death of Sir Jimmy Savile OBE who has died two days before his 85th birthday”.

The MPs propose that Parliament “recognises his enormous contribution to charitable giving, raising more than £40 million for charities during his lifetime”.