Wednesday 21 March 2018

Jimmy gets final wish: a grave with an angle

Amy Murphy

THE family of Jimmy Savile yesterday fixed his final wish, to be buried at a 45-degree angle overlooking the sea in his beloved Scarborough.

The broadcasting legend -- who died in his flat in Leeds just two days before his 85th birthday -- chose the most elevated position in the peaceful Woodlands Cemetery in the North Yorkshire town for its spectacular sea view.

But as the star's gold-coloured coffin was carefully lowered into the grave yesterday afternoon, all that could be seen through the mist was Scarborough Castle in the distance. Friends and family members threw white roses -- the symbol of Yorkshire -- onto the casket and members of the public were then invited to pay their respects; including Dave Bishop (67) who attended the burial dressed as Elvis.

Mr Bishop -- who also goes by the name Lord Biro of the Bus Pass Elvis Party -- said: "Jimmy Savile was a big Elvis fan so it seemed like the right thing to do."

Mr Savile was buried with his Royal Marines green beret and medal, rosary beads and Help For Heroes wristband.

Irish Independent

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