Touch of bling for Jimmy Savile’s farewell

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FANS of local hero Sir Jimmy Savile paid their final respects to him as his body lays in “state” in Leeds.

He had plenty of Calderdale connections.

He joined churchgoers in Cragg Vale as a surprise guest at their regular service on Sunday morning in January and Sir Jimmy was a long term friend of the Cragg Vale church after he began raising money in the 1970s for the church and was made an honoury assistant warden.

Thousands of people paid their last respects to an “extraordinary man” ahead of what is expected to be one of the biggest funeral’s the city has seen.

Well-wishers, family and friends have already filed past the coffin of Sir Jimmy Savile which is at the Queen’s Hotel.

Funeral directors carried the gold-coloured casket into the hotel.

The funeral service will take place today at St Anne’s Cathedral in the city.

The funeral cortege route will travel through the city. Pall-bearers will carry the coffin past the door of the house he shared with his beloved mother and siblings and the hearse, which will be escorted by police on to the Cathedral. Road closures will be in place.

Nine Royal Marine commandos, just back from Afghanistan, will then carry his coffin into the church while two buglers will play.

Sir Jimmy will be buried at 12.30pm on Thursday in Scarborough. At his request it will be at a 45 degree angle so he can “see the sea”.