Cunard abandons Savile tribute in wake of shocking allegations

by Alister POOLE on October 11, 2012

Cruise giant Cunard today shelved its plans for a special sail-by tribute to honour the deceased celebrity and entertainer Sir Jimmy Savile.

Savile, who in recent weeks has become the subject of allegations of child abuse from numerous parties after the airing of a shocking ITV documentary last week, regularly sailed on Cunard’s ships as a passenger. He was on board when the Queen Elizabeth made it maiden voyage around the UK in September 2011, while also playing a part in the ceremony when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II named the ship the year before.

Savile also greeted the QE2, the former flagship of the cruise line, in a fishing boat just off the coast of his county Yorkshire, on what was one of its last sailings in 2008 before retiring to Dubai. In January of this year, the cruise line announced how its Queen Elizabeth ship was pencilled in for conducting a sail-by past Savile’s Scarborough burial site next summer.

Since the airing of last week’s ITV programme, Cunard has since scrapped the event. A spokeswoman representing the company commented that in light of recent developments, the sail-by definitely won’t be going ahead  next year.

Earlier in the week, Savile was described as a “predatory sex offender” with a clear “predilection” for young girls. Due to fear of reprisals, family members have had the star’s tombstone removed from Scarborough’s Woodlands Cemetery, where he is currently buried.

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