Wednesday 25 April 2018

Family take away Jim's headstone

Savile's family said they made the decision to ensure the
Savile's family said they made the decision to ensure the "dignity and sanctity" of Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough.

Jimmy Savile's headstone will be broken up and sent to landfill after it was removed.

The elaborate tombstone was removed after Savile's family requested it be taken away out of "respect to public opinion".

Savile's family said they made the decision to ensure the "dignity and sanctity" of Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough.

A family spokesman said in a statement: "The family members are deeply aware of the impact that the stone remaining there could have on the dignity and sanctity of the cemetery."

The memorial, which bears the star's image and lists his accomplishments, including the epitaph "It was good while it lasted", was due to be removed at 7am today but work was brought forward to midnight to avoid unwanted attention. It has now been taken to a stonemason's yard in Leeds where it will be broken up.

The grave, in which Savile was buried at an angle so he could "see" Scarborough Castle and the sea, will remain unmarked for the foreseeable future.

Irish Independent

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