Thursday, October 18, 2012
Over the course of his 40-year radio and television career Jimmy Savile visited Norfolk for shop openings and charity runs.
•In June 1970 Savile was in Dereham where he opened a boutique, Decimal Fashions, in Norwich Street, spending over an hour in the shop signing autographs.
•In October 1972 he roved around Norwich in a Rolls Royce as part of a visit promoting National Association of Youth Clubs’ week, visiting various youth clubs in the city, including Heartsease Community Centre, and spreading the message about providing facilities for young people.
•In November 1979 Savile jogged into Norwich as part of a charity effort which saw him run through 31 towns and cities in 31 days.
•In February 1990 the BBC stalwart was back in the city, at Anglia TV’s studios, to promote the 27-hour live Telethon spectacular which was hoping to top the £1m raised in 1988.
•In October of 1990 he opened a new complex in Norwich which gives disabled people a helping hand in starting a business.