The Jim’ll Fix It presenter’s golden coffin was taken on a 20-minute farewell tour of the city, as police closed surrounding roads to cope with the thousands of fans who turned out to pay their respects to the star, who died last month after battling pneumonia.
Some 600 mourners packed into the city’s St. Anne’s Cathedral, while 2,000 fans – including some dressed up in wigs to replicate Jimmy’s trademark blond locks – watched the proceedings on large screens outside.
Bee Gees pop veterans Barry and Robin Gibb sent flowers and a card reading: “To our friend and supporter Jimmy Savile. Thank you for all you have done for the Bee Gees.”
Former Radio One DJ Andy Pebbles said: “He was the master of his craft. We shall never see his like again.”
Rt. Rev Monsignor Kieran Heskin, who concelebrated the funeral mass, said God would “fix it that Jimmy would be given the ultimate reward, a place in Heaven”.
Jimmy is to be buried in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, today (10.11.11) and his close friend Howard Silverman has revealed his headstone will read, “It was good while it lasted.”