A CITY walk based on the life of Sir Jimmy Savile has been launched by a Morley tour guide.
Ken Goor, a Leeds City tourist guide and keen rambler, started the tour earlier this month, with the route taking Sir Jimmy’s childhood home in Woodhouse, the former Mecca Locarno dancehall where he was a young DJ and the Queens Hotel where his coffin was on public display following his death in October.
All monies made from the tours is being donated to charities he supported throughout his life.
Mr Goor, of Howden Clough Road, said he came up with the idea when reading about Sir Jimmy’s charity work after his death in October.
He said: “I read that he gave away 90 per cent of his wealth to charity after he had died and his great-niece said that the family hoped to carry on his work with charities. I put two and two together and thought if he could give away that much to charity then I could do something too.”
Mr Goor, who has been leading guided walks for over 25 years, said news of the tour had spread very quickly and there would be a walk tomorrow, on which everyone was welcome.
There will also be two special guests on the tour - Sir Jimmy’s niece and nephew.
The tour will meet at Leeds Town Hall and onto Consort Terrace in Woodhouse, Sir Jimmy’s childhood home, then onto the site of his old school, St Ann’s Elementary, which is now a car park, onto Leeds General Infirmary, where he spent many years as a volunteer porter and visitor as well as fundraiser, and Leeds Catholic cathedral, St Anne’s, where his funeral was held.
A stop is made at County Arcade, which was home to the old Mecca Locarno, where Jimmy spent many years as a DJ and dance hall manager and then onto the river, near Leeds Bridge, where Jimmy had his converted lifeboat moored.
The tour ends at the Queens Hotel where his body laid in state and 5,000 people went to pay their respects.
The hotel has also said it will donated 20 per cent of money spent in the bar after the tour to the charities.
The first tour held by Ken raised £94 and, with a donation of £200 from The Sun newspaper, who will be on tomorrow’s tour, it is expected this walk will raise much more.
Mr Goor said: “The money will be divided between two charities, the Little Sisters of the Poor, who run care homes for the elderly, and Bethany’s Smile, started by 12-year-old Bethany Hare, who dresses as Charlie Chaplin to raise funds for children’s hospices. She has raised over £18,000 to date, which is fantastic.”
The tour caters for 30 people at £4 per head and everyone is invited along. Booking is essential and to reserve your place call Mr Goor on 0113 2526807 or 07742223926.
More Jimmy walks are to be held in July and regularly afterwards with all profits from tickets being donated to charity.