The first time I went there was in January, I wanted to see what drew Jimmy and his mam to the place. I thought that it must be special - and it is ! It's like going back in time and the architecture and views are amazing !
Directly across the road from Jims and below is the view he will have had from his window albeit I'm on the ground !
The good people of Scarborough thought that Jimmy was kind of special too. Among the many tributes paid to him one that would surely have touched his heart would have been the naming of the path he used daily on his walks and runs and cycles after him ! Yorkshire Post Radio announced the erection of two signs bearing the name 'Savile View' in an article dated 27th Sept 2012.
Scarborough has honoured Sir Jimmy Savile by naming a path after him.
Savile's View is a previously un-named route leading from the Esplanade to Birdcage Walk on South Cliff.
The same article went on to describe another memorial dedicated to Sir Jimmy
It is close to where he had a home and comes after a plaque was recently put on his home.
Notice the date on that piece folks - I think that there are 30 days in September - so that means that the signs were put up just a week or so before - Exposure !
Just 3 days after the broadcast, council workmen removed the signs and the plaque the latter having been daubed with hateful graffiti.
I don't have a photo of the signs and the plaque in place but I do have these shots of how the sites look now (note the 2 black marks where the legs of the sign was). This pic is just yards from where Jim stood in the first pic above and is directly opposite Wessex Court !
Sir Jimmy’s nephew Roger Foster, 67, said: ‘His legacy will be long-lasting. The Jimmy Savile charity trust will soon start giving money to good causes.
‘The headstone will become a tourist attraction. Dozens of people have already been coming to look for the grave even though there was no headstone.
‘He was just an ordinary bloke from the back streets of Leeds but everyone loved him and wants to pay their respects.
In the small hours of October 10th 2012 Jimmy's headstone was removed and sent to landfill so, this is what I found in my first visit to the site
I just couldn't leave Jimmy like that so the next morning before I left for home I paid another visit to the woodlands. Strangely enough, I did not think that I'd have time and I hadn't seen a flower shop in my wanderings the day before but, as I set out to the town centre just beyond the Grand Hotel I happened upon wee flower shop wherein a lovely lady insisted on taking no payment for her effort. Seeing one of those yellow charity things near the till I donated the pound I wanted to give her - thinking that Jim would have approved of this gesture ! I jumped on the next bus back up to the cemetery and this is what I did
That was nine months ago - the outline of the turf has faded somewhat but that hasn't deterred another hardy soul from planting their own tribute to a man he or she obviously loved. I hope that that person does not mind me showing you their little tribute. It's so nice to know and show the world that some of us still care about Jimmy and i think that that persons words speak for many thousands who still hold their memories of Jimmy dear.
I scattered my white rose petals on top of Jimmy and I told him of our plans for Leeds. I gave him all mine and your very best wishes. It was dull and it had been raining when I arrived there last Friday morning. The sun had come out by the time I left.
I know that there is still such a thing as the Scarborough Fair - and I'm sure that there will be such a thing as the fair in Scarborough ! See y'all next Time !
I updated this post following information that I had made an error in regard to Jimmy's headstone. Thought I'd add a few more pics whilst I was at it and, whilst I'm no photographer and I only have a small point and shoot, I really wanted to share the images of this magical place !
I'll be doing more posts about Scarborough and Leeds - There's so much to share - Take care all !