When Sir Jimmy came to town

Group photo at Granada TV, left to right - Cyril Sharples, Cyril Marsburg, two unknown women, Jimmy Saville, Sue Robson, Joy Marsburg, Jimmy's Mum The Duchess and Mr Binefield
Group photo at Granada TV, left to right - Cyril Sharples, Cyril Marsburg, two unknown women, Jimmy Saville, Sue Robson, Joy Marsburg, Jimmy's Mum The Duchess and Mr Binefield

THE sad death this week of popular entertainer Sir Jimmy Savile has seen tributes pour in from around the country.

It also evoked memories of a visit by Jimmy to the Bridlington Relay Granada TV rental shop in Bridlington in the late 1960s, where current mayor Cyril Marsburg was branch manager at the time.

The first colour television to arrive in Bridlington. Branch manager of Bridlington Relay, Red Arrow/ Granada TV rentals with thousands of Bridlington subscribers.'Sue Robson, Cyril Marsburg and Ronnie Hilton, who was appearing at the Spa

The first colour television to arrive in Bridlington. Branch manager of Bridlington Relay, Red Arrow/ Granada TV rentals with thousands of Bridlington subscribers.'Sue Robson, Cyril Marsburg and Ronnie Hilton, who was appearing at the Spa

Jimmy had visited the town to present a prize after Cyril had won a sales competition at the store – which is now the site of Cranswicks estate agents in Quay Road.

Coun Marsburg said: “He lived in Scarborough at the time with his mother, who he called The Duchess, and came down to give the prize and meet the staff at the store.

“He was a genuine person and we all enjoyed meeting him.

“When I asked if he would come he said he would do either for a canteen of cutlery or two hundred cigars. He was a very entertaining man.”

The late Jimmy Saville at a prize giving of a canteen of cutlery. Cyril Marsburg, Mr Binefield, and Jimmy Saville

The late Jimmy Saville at a prize giving of a canteen of cutlery. Cyril Marsburg, Mr Binefield, and Jimmy Saville

Cyril first started working at the shop in the storeroom, upon leaving the RAF.

“I started there on £12 a week, but ended up as a salesman, then managing the shop before I moved to run two showrooms in Scarborough, before I moved to Glasgow with the company.

“It was a big business at the time and employed lots of people in the town.”

Sir Jimmy died last Saturday aged 84, two days before his 85th birthday.

He was well known for presenting Top Of The Pops, Jim’ll Fix It and for his charity efforts in later life.

Some of the people photographed are unnamed, so if you know who they might be, or if you met Sir Jimmy around the town, get in touch with us by email on letters@bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk or by post to 3 Prospect Street, Bridlington, YO15 2AQ.