A headstone is being unveiled at the final resting place of the late Sir Jimmy Savile at Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough today. Family and friends attended a short service at the graveside. The installation of the headstone has been delayed for 10 months, since Sir Jimmy's burial in November, to give the land chance to settle and stabilise. Nephew Roger Foster said:
– Nephew Roger Foster
Because he was buried on the side of a hill, and at an angle, we had to wait for the land to settle. Due to the weight of the black granite forming the headstone, we knew it wouldn't be anything less than eight months or so."
Mr Foster added that the headstone had been inscribed with verse written by Julie Ferguson, who lives in Scotland and had been friends with Sir Jimmy for 40 years. Following the service at Woodlands, those attending will then make their way up to Esplanade for the unveiling of a gilt plaque at Wessex Court, where Sir Jimmy had an apartment. The plaque will be unveiled by deputy mayor of Scarborough Cllr Andrew Backhouse.
Although gold-coloured, the plaque is actually made from aluminium. Scarborough Civic Society chairman, Adrian Perry, said he thought such a plaque would be very fitting for Sir Jimmy, due to his love of "bling". His flat is now being sold by his charitable foundation, The JS Trust, with a guide price of £175,000.