Jimmy Savile 1926-2011

November 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Last weekend brought the sad news that show business icon Jimmy Savile passed away aged 84.

An exuberant character Jimmy was well known for his outlandish shell suits, gold jewellery and cigars nevertheless he has been credited as one of the kindest hearted men in entertainment.

Beginning his career as a disc jockey and then television presenter, Jimmy Savile hosted Top of the Pop’s first episode in 1964, become somewhat of a figure head for the show he returned in 2006 to co-host the shows final episode.  

However, Jimmy Savile was most famous for ‘Jim’ll Fix it’; the long running TV show which saw Jim make his viewers wishes come true. Here in the office we’ve been reminiscing about watching the show and even sending in our own letters.

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Further to his TV and radio career Jimmy Savile also participating in wresting, although something which was not his most successful feat.

For many however, Jimmy Savile will be recognised and remember for his charity work. An active fundraiser throughout his life he completed over 200 marathons including the London Marathon aged 79.

A cause close to his heart was National Spinal Injuries Centre of Stoke Mandeville hospital, where he dedicated his time volunteering for many years and raised a notable £20 million for the organisation.

Recognised for his extensive charity work and enormous presence in the world of entertainment he was honoured by many throughout his life and in 1990 was knighted by the Queen.

For many including myself Jimmy Savile is a true icon- a character who will never be forgotten. 

Jimmy Savile 1926-2011

 

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