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Jim can't fix it for celebration

Published 10/09/2011 | 05:00

IT was meant to have been a homecoming of sorts for a pop icon of more than six decades.

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One-time miner, wrestler, 'Top of the Pops' presenter and marathon runner extraordinaire Jimmy Savile was expected to have joined in the 60th celebrations yesterday of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) in Dublin.

The 84-year-old former DJ -- who "fixed it" for hundreds of children in his 'Jim'll Fix it' TV show -- has been associated with the CRC for years and has helped raised millions in funds for the organisation, which provides specialised services for children and adults with physical disabilities.

However, concern was raised when Jimmy failed to show up after clinic staff went to meet the star off the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner, which docked at Dublin port yesterday.

It later emerged that he had disembarked from the liner the previous day in Liverpool, England, and that he may not have been feeling well.

"We haven't heard from him and we don't know where he is but we hope he is okay and we wish him a speedy recovery," said CRC chief executive, Paul Kiely.

"We are disappointed he was unable to come as we were looking forward to renewing our acquaintance with him but hopefully we can arrange it again," Mr Kiely added.

Irish Independent

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