Bradford undertaker who wrote to Jim'll Fix It show organises grand three-day send-off

Sir Jimmy fixes it for funeral director

The gold coffin of Sir Jimmy Savile at the Queens Hotel, Leeds

Sir Jimmy Savile

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Broadcasting legend Sir Jimmy Savile – who is due to be laid to rest tomorrow after a three-day funeral – has finally fixed it for a Bradford undertaker.

Funeral director Robert Morphet, who is organising the funeral, said he wrote to Sir Jimmy’s Jim’ll Fix It TV programme as a youngster asking if he could be a funeral director.

Mr Morphet, of Joseph A Hey & Son Ltd, based in Great Horton Road, said he had never before been asked to organise a three-day funeral and staff had been working up to 14-hour days to accommodate the 84-year-old broadcaster’s wishes.

His gold-coloured coffin was displayed to the public at a hotel yesterday in his home city of Leeds, surrounded by items including pictures, his two This Is Your Life books and the last cigar he smoked. His closed coffin featured a crucifix and was covered with white roses.

Today, Sir Jimmy’s funeral cortege was visiting his mother’s house and the Leeds General Infirmary before arriving at the Roman Catholic St Anne’s Cathedral for a Requiem Mass.

The coffin will tomorrow tour Scarborough, where he had a flat, to give people there the chance to pay their respects before Sir Jimmy is laid to rest at an angle in the most elevated plot in the town’s Woodlands Cemetery.

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12:53pm Wed 9 Nov 11

mrs walker says...

Was it Sir Jimmy's coffin then that was making its way down the M606 at 7am yesterday? (in a hearse, of course!)
Was it Sir Jimmy's coffin then that was making its way down the M606 at 7am yesterday? (in a hearse, of course!) mrs walker
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5:07pm Wed 9 Nov 11

Oldwestbowling says...

RIP Sir Jimmy.
RIP Sir Jimmy. Oldwestbowling
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10:30pm Wed 9 Nov 11

Union Jack 2 says...

mrs walker wrote:
Was it Sir Jimmy's coffin then that was making its way down the M606 at 7am yesterday? (in a hearse, of course!)
yes it was him "As it 'appens"
[quote][p][bold]mrs walker[/bold] wrote: Was it Sir Jimmy's coffin then that was making its way down the M606 at 7am yesterday? (in a hearse, of course!)[/p][/quote]yes it was him "As it 'appens" Union Jack 2
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4:20pm Tue 15 Nov 11

Up with the partridge says...

What an odd ball. Why is he allowed to be burried in a steel coffin back filled with concrete - it will be in the ground for ever? I thought the idea of burial was back to the earth and all that - not preserved like some modern day Egyptian God. He really was odd - in life and death.
What an odd ball. Why is he allowed to be burried in a steel coffin back filled with concrete - it will be in the ground for ever? I thought the idea of burial was back to the earth and all that - not preserved like some modern day Egyptian God. He really was odd - in life and death. Up with the partridge
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