Cunard has cancelled plans to include a sail-past tribute to regular passenger Jimmy Savile during one of its cruises next year.

The line announced in January that Queen Elizabeth would conduct a sail-past of the entertainer’s burial site in Scarborough on August 1, 2013.

But it has now confirmed that it will not be going ahead with the tribute after recent allegations of sexual abuse surfaced against the former DJ, who died in October 2011 aged 84.

A spokeswoman said: “In the light of recent developments, clearly Cunard will not be going ahead with the planned sail-by next year.”

Savile was a regular Cunard passenger, and was described by the line as a “true friend of Cunard” when it announced the tribute.

His last voyage was on board Queen Elizabeth on its maiden round-Britain voyage in the September before his death.

He was also among celebrity guests at a ceremony in Southampton when the Queen officially named the vessel in October 2010.