Sir Jimmy Savile's Coffin Put In Leeds Bar

Fans of the late Sir Jimmy Savile have only one day left to visit the eccentric entertainer while he lies in state - in a Leeds hotel bar.

Before he died on October 29 the 84-year-old larger-than-life former disc jockey told his family they should lay him out in a gold casket and bury him on a tilt in a Scarborough council cemetery.

True to his wishes, staff at the Queens Hotel next to Leeds railway station will welcome Sir Jimmy's coffin through the front doors at 7am before it is placed in the hotel's main bar for the day.

Crowd control barriers are being erected outside in anticipation of the hordes expected to file past the closed coffin and a book of condolences when the doors open at 9.30am.

"Photographs can be taken (by public only), but mobile phones are to be on silent or switched off," a briefing note from the hotel explained.

"At 4:30pm the closed casket will be taken back to the funeral parlour, if there are still a lot of public waiting, then the viewing will be extended to 6.00pm at the latest."

In a further unconventional twist a live TV camera will be set up in the bar to stream pictures around the world.

The funeral will be held the following day at St Anne's Cathedral when hundreds of invited guests are expected to be joined by friends and well-wishers.

On Thursday, Sir Jimmy will be buried in the Woodlands cemetery in Scarborough which overlooks the resort's North Bay.

Sir Jimmy asked to be buried at a 45-degree incline - so that he can see the sea from his final resting place.

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