Guys and gals all flocked to see Jimmy at Olympics

Jimmy Savile at the International Kidney Transplant Olympics in Portsmouth in 1979

Jimmy Savile at the International Kidney Transplant Olympics in Portsmouth in 1979

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The registration plate on this Rolls-Royce gives the clue.

The number – 247 – referred to Radio 1’s wavelength (247 metres) and the initials belonged to the station’s most instantly recognisable DJ – Jimmy Savile. And that’s probably why he was allowed to get away with leaving it in front of a No Parking sign.

Simon Hyde standing beside Jimmy Savile's Rolls Royce parked in front of a No Parking sign

Simon Hyde standing beside Jimmy Savile's Rolls Royce parked in front of a No Parking sign

The little lad daring to lean on the gleaming bonnet was Simon Hyde who, along with his mum Elizabeth, met Jimmy during one of his many visits to Portsmouth.

It was 1979 and Jimmy, who died last October, was in the city to take part in the International Kidney Transplant Olympics.

Elizabeth, of Berkshire Close, Landport, Portsmouth, says: ‘I spoke to Jimmy and he made Simon laugh with his yodelling.

‘Then he told me he liked my jacket and I told him I’d swap it for his car, to which Jimmy replied ‘‘Now then, now then’’.’

Two years earlier Elizabeth was part of a group which organised a street party in Fawcett Road, Southsea, for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

She adds: ‘I wrote to Jimmy to see if he or any of his friends could be a special guest.

‘I was surprised and delighted to receive a reply in his own handwriting which said: ‘‘Wish I could help, but we are all tied up with various jubilee dos. Sorry. Jimmy Savile.’’

‘And he even put a little smiley face inside the loop of the J in Jimmy. What a lovely man to bother to reply personally.’

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