Sir Jimmy Savile’s lying in state is a beautiful tribute

Jimmy Savile’s body is lying in state today at a Leeds hotel. Hundreds of fans are already filing past his golden coffin as they pay their respects.

The casket will stay in The Queen’s Hotel until his funeral tomorrow.

The public tribute was one of the last requests of the popular cigar-chomping DJ.

Fan and fellow Yorkshireman Garry Fisher visited this morning.

He said: “It was an opportunity to say goodbye that I didn’t want to miss. The public was his constituency and he gave us the chance to say goodbye. It was an act of generosity.

“It was solemn and beautifully done. It was a chance to say a final farewell in a great gesture to his fans and the people of Leeds.

“I felt it was only right as a Yorkshireman that I should pay my respects. He was such a big part of my childhood years – I spent so much time listening to him playing music on the radio.

“He was a local lad done good, and he supported a lot of local causes. He understood the power of his fame and used it to good effect.”

Fans queued outside the hotel before the doors opened to the public at 9.45am. They were able to spend time in contemplation in the room where Jimmy’s coffin is on show. Books of condolence were opened and will be presented to his family after the funeral.

The funeral of the Jim’ll Fix It star will be held at the Roman Catholic St Anne’s Cathedral in the city tomorrow and then he will be buried the following day in Scarborough, where he had a flat.

The 84-year-old, who was the first presenter of Top Of The Pops, died at his flat in Leeds on October 29.

The eccentric worked tirelessly throughout his life to raise millions for charity, including several in the local area.


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