Jimmy Savile's funeral brings Leeds to standstill
- Bang Showbiz
- 10 November 2011
Sir Jimmy Savile's funeral brought Leeds to a standstill yesterday (09.11.11) as thousands of fans turned out to pay their respects to the late star
'A formal inquiry launched by the Metropolitan Police Service in 2012 into historic allegations of child sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile and others. The report of the investigations undertaken jointly by the police and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Giving Victims a Voice, was published on 11 January 2013. It reported allegations covering a period of fifty years, including 214 alleged acts by Savile which, though uncorroborated, have been formally recorded as crimes.' (Wikipedia)
Sir Jimmy Savile's funeral brought the city of Leeds to a standstill yesterday (09.11.11).
The 'Jim'll Fix It' presenter's golden coffin was taken on a 20-minute farewell tour of the city, as police closed surrounding roads to cope with the thousands of fans who turned out to pay their respects to the star, who died last month after battling pneumonia.
Some 600 mourners packed into the city's St. Anne's Cathedral, while 2,000 fans - including some dressed up in wigs to replicate Jimmy's trademark blond locks - watched the proceedings on large screens outside.
Bee Gees pop veterans Barry and Robin Gibb sent flowers and a card reading: "To our friend and supporter Jimmy Savile. Thank you for all you have done for the Bee Gees."
Former Radio One DJ Andy Pebbles said: "He was the master of his craft. We shall never see his like again."
Rt. Rev Monsignor Kieran Heskin, who concelebrated the funeral mass, said God would "fix it that Jimmy would be given the ultimate reward, a place in Heaven".
Jimmy will is to be buried in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, today (10.11.11) and his close friend Howard Silverman has revealed his headstone will read, "It was good while it lasted."