Sir Jimmy Savile was buried almost upright yesterday so he could “see the sea”

by Lynn Connolly

As we reported yesterday, the TV legend Sir Jimmy Savile’s was a flamboyant and celebratory affair, just as the man himself had wanted…

And his final wish was that he be buried in Woodlands Cemetery at a 45 degree angle so that he can, in death, look out over the coastline of his beloved Scarborough.

He also asked that two of his favourite brand of Cuban cigars be placed alongside him in his gold coloured coffin.

Sir Jimmy was buried wearing one of his trademark tracksuits, and his treasured green beret, which was presented to him by the Royal Marines in the 1970s. He also wore a Help For Heroes wristband.

Click here to see a BBC News report on Sir Jimmy’s final farewell…

Robert Morphet, who was the funeral director in charge of the arrangements, told BBC News that Sir Jimmy made the request to be buried at an angle so as “to enable him to see the sea.”

And graveyard superintendent Darren Unsworth said he and his colleagues had “carved the soil” to rest Jimmy’s coffin at the required angle.

After Sir Jimmy was lowered into the grave, his friends and family members threw white roses – the traditional symbol of Yorkshire – on to the coffin.

Following the private interment, fans were invited to visit the grave to pay their last respects to the larger-than-life TV and radio host, and one fan, Dave Bishop, turned up dressed as Elvis.

He said, “Jimmy Savile was a big Elvis fan so it seemed like the right thing to do to come and pay my respects.”

Here’s a clip of Sir Jimmy Savile receiving an Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Bedfordshire for his lifelong support of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury.

What a great man.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.