Ow's about that, then! Jimmy Savile to 'lie in state'... at the Queens Hotel, Leeds

The marking of Sir Jimmy Savile’s death will be as extraordinary as his colourful life, it emerged yesterday.

The coffin containing the DJ’s body will be put on public display in the manner of a dead monarch lying in state.

Thousands of people are expected to file past to pay their last respects at the start of three ceremonial days commemorating the 84-year-old’s death.

Sir Jimmy: 700 mourners are expected at the funeral in St Anne's Cathedral

Sir Jimmy: 700 mourners are expected at the funeral in St Anne's Cathedral, Leeds

A funeral in front of 700 people will be held the following day at St Anne’s Cathedral in Leeds, before he is finally buried on his favourite hilltop overlooking the sea at Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

The scale of the events to mark Sir Jimmy’s death reflects the popularity and affection he was held in by residents of his home city of Leeds, where he died in his sleep on Saturday.

The TV presenter’s closed coffin will be put in a main function room inside the Queens Hotel next Tuesday and members of the public will be invited to file past from 9am to 4.30pm, the Catholic Diocese of Leeds announced yesterday.

Queue here: The Queen's Hotel will be the venue for those wishing to pay their respects

Queue here: The Queens Hotel will be the venue for those wishing to pay their respects to Sir Jimmy

Diocese spokesman John Grady said: ‘Anyone can go along to pay their last respects. He is “our Jimmy”, our main man in Leeds. 

‘The people of the city have taken him to heart and he has always been a Leeds lad. People want to express their warmth, love and affection for him.’


A Jim'll fix it medal

Within hours of the star’s death, fans rushed to cash in by selling their Jim’ll Fix It medals on eBay.

The prizes, selling for up to £150, were handed out to lucky children who had their wishes granted on the BBC show between 1975 and 1994.

Other mementos up for sale on the online auction site include autographs and lunchboxes.

Officials expect the cathedral to be packed with 300 invited guests and up to 400 members of the public for his funeral Mass on Wednesday afternoon.

The service will be relayed to well-wishers in the city on a big screen.

It is not clear whether Sir Jimmy proposed the public coffin viewing as his last ‘Fix It’ for his adoring public or if the idea came from members of his family.

His nephew Roger Foster said  the television presenter had always hoped to be buried with his mother, ‘the Duchess’, at Killingbeck Cemetery in Leeds, but several years ago the family discovered that the  plot was full.

Plans are already being drawn up in Leeds and  Scarborough for permanent memorials to Sir Jimmy.

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