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A special service of thanksgiving for Sir Terry Wogan took place last Tuesday in Westminster Abbey. Thousands of people attended the event which was also broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.
The station also aired special programmes for Sir Terry around the service, with Jeremy Vine starting at 11.30 and spending the last hour of his show looking back at the life and work of the radio legend.
During the service Chris Evans, Ken Bruce, Joanna Lumley OBE and Stevie Spring, Chairman of BBC Children in Need paid tribute to Sir Terry. The service ended with the BBC Concert Orchestra playing The Floral Dance, which Sir Terry Wogan recorded a copy of in 1978.
BBC Director General Lord Tony Hall and Radio 2 presenter Dermot O’Leary also paid tribute to the radio legend at the Radio Festival last Monday.
Lord Hall talked about how much of a friend he was to his listeners – the TOGS – and how mischievous he was off-air as he was on-air. Dermot reminded us of the six important words Sir Terry told Dermot over the years – never be afraid of the silence.