Scarborough

Jimmy Savile - The Scarborough connection.

Jimmy Savile had a home in Scarborough for 40 years.

Jimmy Savile had a balcony apartment in Scarborough at 'Wessex Court' on the Esplanade next to the 'Esplanade Hotel'.

Following Jimmy's death in October 2011 the Scarborough Evening News launched an appeal on behalf of the Scarborough Sir Jimmy Savile Memorial Group for the public to put forward suggestions for re-naming the area of land opposite the apartment.

In addition the opportunity to make a donation or pledge was offered by the publication on January 10th 2012.

He was buried in the town's Woodlands cemetery in November 2011. A 'triple headstone' marking the grave was erected in September 2012, then removed and demolished in October, a few weeks later. The grave then became unmarked.

The Scarborough apartment was reportedly offered for sale at a price of £175,000 in September 2012.

In 2012 plans were publicised for a gilt coloured plaque to be affixed to Wessex Court as a memorial. A blue plaque was in fact commissioned, painted gold, and attached to the building beneath the apartment and unveiled by the Deputy Mayor in 2012 with the words 'Scarborough and District Civic Society SIR JIMMY SAVILE OBE KCSG 1926-2011 ENTERTAINER AND PHILANTHROPIST LIVED HERE.'

The plaque was subsequently vandalised and then removed in October 2012

A footpath sign was later erected with the words 'SAVILE'S VIEW' in the style of a road sign at a point overlooking the seafront on the Esplanade.

This sign was subsequently removed in October 2012 by Scarborough Council.

Jimmy himself is reported to have bought a plaque in the style of many which appear on benches in the town to remember deceased former residents or visitors engraved with the words 'Sir Jimmy Savile - but not just yet' and attached it to a bench on Marine Parade

This plaque was subsequently stolen, but then replaced a number of times.

No plaque remains on the bench in October 2012.

Scarborough Borough Council conferred the Honorary Freedom of the Borough on Jimmy Savile on the 14th November 2005. In November 2012 a year after Savile's death moves began to have this honour suspended and that his name be removed from the Honour Board for Freeman of the Borough.

By the end of October 2012 all public acknowledgements of this former resident of the town appear to have been removed, the only remainder being his unmarked grave.