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Sir Jimmy Saville 'a friend of the outdoors'

Posted 31 October 2011
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Sir Jimmy Saville 'a friend of the outdoors'
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Sir Jimmy Saville was a big friend of the outdoors and helped promote the Scottish Highlands, it has been noted.

As tributes have poured in for the TV personality, who died at the weekend aged 84, outdoor magazine Grough noted his role in a promotional video made earlier this year about Lochaber.

While the star of Jim'll Fix It was mainly speaking from his armchair while younger athletes disguised as him rode mountain bikes and put on running shoes to go mountain running, the fact is the TV personality completed 35 Half Ben runs on Ben Nevis in his younger days.

And his frequent presence in the Highlands was noted by former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, who lives near Fort William and knew the TV personality well from his time living in the area.

He revealed: "When not resident at his home in Glencoe, he made it available for mountain rescue use."