Sir Jimmy Savile’s funeral to take place next week

by Lynn Connolly

The funeral of TV legend Sir Jimmy Savile is to take place next week in Leeds, and ahead of it, Jimmy’s legion of fans who wish to pay their respects can do so when his body is taken to the city ahead of his burial.

What’s On TV report that Jimmy’s body will be taken to a city centre hotel on Tuesday, November 8th, and he will be buried following a Requiem mass the day after. He’s to be buried in Scarborough where he formerly lived.

Fans of Jimmy’s may recall that he took TV host Louis Theroux around his beloved home. Here’s a clip…

WOTV adds, “Further details of the arrangements for his body at The Queens Hotel, in Leeds, will be released later.”

The Requiem Mass will be held at St Anne’s Cathedral, and will be a celebration of his life, which will of course honour not only his long TV career, but also his lifelong commitment to raising funds for charities.

Sir Jimmy – who of course starred in hit TV shows Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It – died on Saturday aged 85.

Since his death, hundreds of celebrities as well as leading political figures have paid tribute to Jimmy.

Ricky Gervais tweeted, “RIP Jimmy Saville My first guest on my first TV Show A proper British eccentric.”

TV and radio presenter Nicky Campbell added, “SirJimmy Savile-a man so unique,a character so extraordinary, a personality so fascinating yet impenetrable. You could not have made him up.”

And Sir Jimmy’s fellow DJ, Dave Lee Travis, told Sky News, “For some unknown reason, with Jim, you couldn’t anticipate that he wasn’t going to be around anymore – he was such a powerful presence.

“He was one of the first DJs that actually became a personality.”

And The Apprentice guru Lord Sugar wrote, “Sad news on the death of Jimmy Savile very funny man and did loads of work for charity RIP.”

Let’s take a look at Jimmy in action on TV show Jim’ll Fix It…

What a sad loss, but what a great life!

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.