Jimmy Savile And The Married Bisexual Monk And Convicted Child Abuser Who Fixed Clocks For Kids
DID you see the convicted child abuser on Jim’ll Fix It, the Jimmy Savile BBC show whereon the twice-over knight (papal and regal) made kids’ wishes come true? Of course the biggest wish he saved for later when he dropped dead.
The peado wasn’t just Jimmy. He’s only an alleged one. This other padon was an actual proven nonce. As the Telegraph reports:
A young girl was “set up” to appear on Jim’ll Fix It alongside a convicted child abuser, the BBC has reported.
Was she set up because he was a young girl?
Confidential social services reports confirm that Keith Harding, an antiques expert who appeared on the 1980 Christmas edition of the show, was involved with the notorious campaign group, the Paedophile Information Exchange (Pie), according to the Radio 4’s Today programme. It said that Harding was convicted of indecent assault against four children aged eight and nine in the late 1950s and was a “schedule 1” offender – meaning his convictions remained on his police file for life.
However he was subsequently given the Freedom of the City of London and became a member of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, as well as running a museum regularly visited by children.
Is being a worshipful clockmaker a big deal? Not really. But if you like clocks it’s a community of like-minded souls. And it does good deeds:
The Company supports the Lord Mayor’s charities together with a number of educational and other City charities and good causes, such as Livery Schools Link andthe Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It also maintains the memorials of famous English clockmakers. Very limited available funding limits the number and amount of donations that the Company would like to make.
Some of those Lord Mayor’s charities deal with children. And the Role as Freeman might well be linked to his work with the clockmakers. Becoming a Freeman is open to pretty anyone who want to be one, and who has links to the City. In short, it’s no big deal.
In December 1980, he was filmed by Jim’ll Fix It at his workshop in Islington, north London, where he fixed a music box belonging to a 13-year-old girl whose letter was shown on screen requesting the repair.
She then appeared with her younger brother in the studio alongside Harding and Savile – who has since been exposed as a serial child abuser. The girl’s brother – named only as Dean – told the Today programme that the feature was “set up” by the production team who instigated the item by approaching the family.
“She was asked to write that letter. The way it came about was that my uncle was asked by his then girlfriend, who was a researcher at the BBC, if anybody in the family had a musical box,” he said. “Obviously the letter must have been done after the facts.”
The BBC fixed it? The teenager was no big music box fan? And what happened with the peado and Savile?
Dean said he and his sister were chaperoned by a relative throughout their time on the programme and nothing untoward took place.
John Ferris, 67, Harding’s civil partner who also worked with him at his World of Mechanical Music museum in Gloucestershire, said the news had come as a “complete shock”. “I’d been with him since 1996 and this has come as a complete revelation,” he told the Telegraph. “He never displayed any intererst or inclination towards children, in fact, quite the opposite to be blunt.”
He hated kids? Maybe he hated the rejection?
And – get this – yes, HE’S DEAD. Just like Savile and PIE member Sir Peter Hayman.
The BBC adds:
Harding moved from London to Northleach in the Cotswolds where he set up his ‘World of Mechanical Music’ – where he repaired and sold rare pieces. But despite Gloucestershire social services being aware of his convictions he was still allowed access to the children who regularly toured his museum.
Keith Harding’s World Of Mechnical Music may soon be The World of Mechanical Music (we had no idea he was a pervert who ewas found guilty of abusing four children aged eight and nine).
The Wilts And Gloucester Standard might care to review its obituary:
NORTHLEACH’S “warm” and “generous” music museum owner has died at the age of 82.
Keith Harding of Keith Harding’s World of Mechanical Music died peacefully in his own home on Saturday, June 7, after suffering from bowel cancer.
“Keith was a very generous, kind, and warm man,” said his partner of 20 years John Ferris, 67. “He was quite an intellect and in his life he had done many things.”
Born in Nottinghamshire, Keith was educated at Oakley Hall in Cirencester before moving on to Haileybury College in Hertfordshire. He had originally hoped to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor, but instead took an engineering degree and became a pilot officer at RAF Cranwell.
A doctor… It could have been worse.
Trying his hand at many other professions, Keith also spent time as a Dominican monk, a librarian and a typist.
He moved to London in his mid-twenties and, through a friend at the British Museum, was introduced to time pieces and clocks. He began his journey by trading antiques on Portobello Road.
Through chance Keith met his future business partner, Cliff Burnett, while looking for someone to share a flat with.
Together they set up Harding’s Antiques, which soon became a world renowned music box restorer, in North London…
It was in London he met his now former wife Eva and her three children Theresa, Tudor and Dominic. After marrying, Keith and Eva had two children of their own together, James and Melissa.
Following his move to Northleach, Keith threw himself into everything he could in the community. He was an active member of Cotswold Canal Trust, a member of Cirencester Church Choir and Cirencester Male Voice Choir.
Keith and Eva divorced 15 years after moving to the Cotswolds and soon after, a chance meeting led him to meet John.
“He was an absolutely incredible character to talk to and we struck up a friendship immediately,” said John. “We adopted each other’s hobbies. I would go with him to help clear the canals and he would help me in the kitchen at Swindon and Cricklade Railway.”
The pair became civil partners in 2007 and had a ceremony at the Swindon and Cricklade railway.
His ashes will be put in a steam train at Swindon Cricklade and Railway.
Try not to inhale…