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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Looking Back -

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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