Sir Jimmy Savile: Friday Morning Club won’t be the same for friends

Howard Silverman at Sir Jimmy's funeral service.
Howard Silverman at Sir Jimmy's funeral service.
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Once a week Sir Jimmy Savile liked to get together with a gang of his closest friends for a chinwag.

But today the regulars of The Friday Morning Cub have broken with tradition in honour of their late pal.

They would normally turn up at his bachelor pad, overlooking Roundhay Park, early in the morning to discuss a range of topics from the humorous, to current affairs, and even matters of life and death.

There would be cups of tea, cake and biscuits, or even something a little stronger for those who wanted it.

Cigar smoke would hang in the air like a fog.

Members included long-time pal Leeds hairdresser Howard Silverman.

Other attendees included Mick Starkey, Jim ‘Jim the Pill’ Cardus - a retired pharmacist, Jeffrey Marlowe, Bob Meggitt and Andrew Kirk, Barry Taylor, Bazzo, Joe Baker, Matthew Appleyard and Dave Dalmour, all who lived in Leeds.

Howard, 63, who owns Howard’s International hair salon at Leeds Bridge, said: “I can’t really reveal what we spoke about, as it is indescribable, but we certainly put the world to rights and had a blooming good laugh.

“I am not sure what will happen to the future of the club now, but it should certainly carry on, or we will lose touch.

“We would certainly have plenty to talk about with all the memories of Jim.”

Mick Starkey, 60, from Leeds, a recently retired inspector at West Yorkshire Police, was a long time member of the FMC.

He was a close friend of Sir Jimmy’s and used to drive him in his Rolls Royce Corniche.

Mick told the YEP : “Jimmy once said all his mates were as eccentric as him.

I feel privileged to have known the real Jimmy and I learnt such a lot from him.

“It amuses me when I read some inaccurate media reports saying he was a loner and had few friends.

“I was one of the small group who met him socially on a regular basis.”

The gang would often be invited to posh dinners by Sir Jimmy and were used to his celebrity status.

But to them he was simply their pal, a one-off and a valued member of the club, as everyone always wanted to hear what he had to say.