Have a good look at that cheque that Jimmy Savile is signing above there guys and gals. He is not 'Sir' James Savile yet, it is only March and the Queen's birthday honors list is not announced until, well, not until her birthday in June ! In 1990 this list was announced on the 15th June.
James Wilson Vincent Saville, OBE, Chairman, Broadmoor Hospital Advisory Committee ans Stoke Mandeville Hospital Spinal Injuries Centre, for charitable services.
Jimmy was very very proud of his knighthood, bestowed in recognition of the millions he had raised for charity. In an interview with Hello Magazine the following exchange took place :
"Was it a complete surprise ?"
"When the envelope dropped through the door I genuinely thought when I took it out and read it that I had opened somebody else's letter from Downing Street. Feeling like a shoplifter I very quickly stuffed it back in the envelope before thinking - 'Oh, hang about !' and opening it all over again !"
"How do you think it will change you ?"
"It wont, but it'll change the people around me. My Leeds friends including my marathon team and everyone at Jimmy's - St James University Hospital where I'm a voluntary worker - will give me a doubly hard time !"
Most people will be aware of the stories about how Margaret Thatcher had to fight to get Jimmy knighted in 1990 - I won't bore you with the details because it's been well covered elsewhere. My angle is solely on the FACT THAT JIMMY WAS KNIGHTED IN 1990 FOR THE REASONS CITED ABOVE !
Let's go back to that cheque that Jimmy is signing there in March 1990. If you look closely you will see a mention for the 'National Confederation For Parent Teacher Associations' and I think that I'm right in saying that THEY are the donors of the £10,000 to Jimmy's charity !
I had not really come across much in the way of links between schools and Jimmy aside from the obvious one in Staines ! I wanted to know more and came across this story in the Metro on 8th July this year !
'New national curriculum: Children need anti-Jimmy Savile lessons, Labour MP argues'A shadow minister has argued that children should be taught how to protect themselves from ‘predators’ such as Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall.
Diana Johnson, Labour MP for Hull North and shadow Home Office minister, said she was disappointed the new national curriculum did not focus on helping boost pupils’ self-esteem.
She asked education secretary Michael Gove in the Commons: ‘While the vast majority of parents and the vast majority of young people want a curriculum that’s fit for life, including building life skills around self-esteem and confidence which will protect them from predators like Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall, I’d be interested to know why you turn your face against introducing that into the national curriculum?’