Family joy over tribute to Leeds’s own Sir Jimmy Savile

Sir Jimmy Savile.
Sir Jimmy Savile.
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Plans for a permanent memorial to Sir Jimmy Savile are moving forward.

Leeds City Council chiefs and Sir Jimmy’s family have met to discuss what would be the best possible tribute to the city’s favourite son.

There is to be a permanent exhibition in the Leeds City Museum in tribute to the star which will include some of his personal belongings, such as trackuits and zany 70s outfits.

Exact proposals for a memorial are being kept ‘top secret’ until a firm idea can be put into place and relevant funding, if any, is secured.

Previous suggestions have included having a building named after him or a statue in Roundhay Park, one of the star’s favourite places.

Jimmy’s nephew Roger Foster said: “I still continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity and heartfelt love from the people of his home town.

“I was not aware that the City Museum had an exhibit relating to him being a famous son, so I feel very proud that they are making plans to extend the exhibit permanently. Once the details have been sorted out relating to Sir Jimmy’s will then my cousin Amanda and I will start to collect items which we hope would be of interest to the public.”

Sir Jimmy died on October 29, two days before his 85th birthday.

Three days of funeral events attracted thousands of people who saw him lying in state in a gold coloured coffin at the Queen’s Hotel, followed by a funeral at St Anne’s Catholic Cathedral and burial at a 45 degree angle at Scarborough.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said: “We would be delighted to accept any items given to us by Sir Jimmy Savile’s family which we could put on display in Leeds City Museum as a celebration of the life of an extraordinary man and legendary Loiner. We are currently discussing the position with Sir Jimmy’s family.”

* Papal Knights are to attend mass for relatives and friends this Sunday at St Anne’s Catholic Cathedral, in memory of Sir Jimmy.

Thrice knighted Sir Jimmy was himself a Papal Knight knighted at the Vatican in Rome in 1990 by Pope John Paul II, the same year he was knighted by the Queen, becoming Sir Jimmy. A memorial mass for the public is to be arranged at a later date.

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