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ITH his arm in a sling, Neal Lock stands laughing and chatting with Sir Jimmy Savile at a Christmas party for sick children in the city 20 years ago.
“He was invited to the party because we spent a lot of time at the hospital,” said his mum Rosemary, who spotted her son, now aged 26, on the Looking Back page last week featuring the festive get together on the children’s ward at Peterborough District Hospital.
“Neal has haemophilia and although he is able to have treatment at home now, back then he used to have to go to the hospital all the time and he knew all the nurses.
“We were late arriving and thought we had missed Jimmy Savile but he noticed Neal as he walked in and started chatting to him.
“He was lovely towards him and was probably asking what he had done to his arm.
“He was very good with all the children.”
The Evening Telegraph, dating from December 1991, reported that Neal, six years old at the time, had broken his arm but he actually had his arm in a sling because he had had a problem with his elbow joint caused by his condition where a blood clot had had to be dispersed.
Hearing the story of how the DJ and television personality – in his usual attire of tracksuit and bling – met youngsters and nurses on duty during the festive celebrations is even more poignant since his death, just two days short of his 85th birthday, at the end of October.
Graham Last told The Evening Telegraph how Sir Jimmy was a competitor in Thomas Cook’s annual fun run on several occasions.
He said: “In 1989 my eldest son was a pupil at Longthorpe Infants School. One of the governors was Tony King, himself a keen runner, who knew Sir Jimmy personally.
“As a surprise for the children he talked Sir Jimmy into making an unannounced appearance from behind a curtain during assembly in front of the whole school. I believe the well-known guest agreed to do it only on condition that it would be a secret visit, meaning that just the headteacher, Mrs Bishop, knew what was in store.
“As Sir Jimmy leapt out from his hiding place attired in his usual bling, the children couldn’t believe their eyes and one screamed out, “Look – it’s Jim’ll Fix It”.
Keep sending your memories and any photos you have of Jimmy Savile to ann.molyneux@ peterboroughtoday.co.uk or call 01733 588727 on Wednesday.
Jim’ll FIX it: Neal Lock meets Jimmy Savile at a Christmas party at Peterborough District Hospital in 1991
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