Fans to pay respects to Jimmy Savile

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Sir Jimmy Savile

Sir Jimmy Savile

Sir Jimmy Savile will lie in state at a hotel in Leeds ahead of his funeral next Wednesday (09.11.11) to allow fans to pay their respects to the late TV star.

Sir Jimmy Savile will lie in state ahead of his funeral to allow fans to pay their respects.

The coffin containing the body of the late TV presenter and charity campaigner - who died on Saturday (29.10.11) aged 84 after suffering from pneumonia - will be placed in Queen's Hotel in his home city of Leeds next Tuesday (08.01.11) so the city can say a "final farewell".

A spokesman for the hotel said: "The city was enormously proud of him and I am sure a lot of people would want to say a final farewell."

A requiem mass at Leeds Cathedral will follow on Wednesday (09.11.11).

While Jimmy - who never married - had always hoped to be buried in the same cemetery as his mother, nicknamed The Duchess, he will now be laid to rest overlooking the sea in Scarborough after the original plot was found to be full.

His nephew, Roger Foster, told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Jimmy had always hoped to be buried with his mother, The Duchess, but a couple of years ago the family discovered the plot was full.

"So Jimmy expressed a wish to be buried overlooking the sea near his second home in Scarborough."

It has also emerged that Leeds Council plan to erect a permanent memorial to the 'Jim'll Fix It' presenter.

Judith Blake, the council's deputy leader, said: "We want to take in to account the views of the people of Leeds, those who remember him so fondly. He was a real Leeds lad and now, of course a Leeds legend who stayed true to his roots."

Jimmy - who would have been 85 on Monday (31.10.11) - had held a variety of jobs including working as a miner, a wrestler and a nightclub owner, as well as claiming to have invented modern DJing and raising over £40 million for charity.

He was also a close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles.

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