Sir Jim fixes the gym for Rita

Sir Jimmy Savile [correct] returned to the North-East yesterday [Wed] to `fix-it' for a grandmother-of-seven who wanted to get more exercise.

Sir Jimmy Savile [correct] returned to the North-East yesterday [Wed] to `fix-it' for a grandmother-of-seven who wanted to get more exercise.

The legendary Top of the Pops presenter and Radio One DJ was at the Marriott Hotel near the MetroCentre in Gateshead with his most famous show Jim'll Fix It [correct] to help grandmother Rita Miller's dreams come true.

Rita, of Larkspur Road, Whickham, won the chance to meet Sir Jimmy after a entering a competition on a packet of Velcro strips to have Jim grant a special `fix-it' for her. The mother-of-three is a keen fitness enthusiast and yesterday received a year-long gym membership for two people at the Marriott Hotel.

Sir Jimmy was particularly pleased to present Rita with her prize as he spent many years staying with relatives in the North-East as a child. He said: "It's terrific Rita wanted to do something like this. Just a little bit of exercise makes you feel brilliant. It's great to be back in the North-East and feels like coming home.

"I grew up in this area and regularly stayed with aunties and uncles up here, so places like Marsden, Whitley Bay and Haydon Bridge were part of my childhood."

Rita, a retired secretary, yesterday said: "It was fantastic to meet Sir Jimmy. He was so friendly and relaxed and looked so young. I was a young mum of three when his show was at its peak and watched it religiously every week. He was and still is loved because he brought magic into the lives of kids who saw their dreams come true."

Rita won the competition by coming up with the winning phrase "only `gym' can fix-it" in a competition organised by Velcro Ltd.

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