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Friday 5th June 2020

Celebrities pay heartfelt tribute to 'national treasure' Sir Terry Wogan

It was the 50th anniversary of his first radio broadcast

Celebrities from the world television and radio have paid tribute to the late Sir Terry Wogan in a heartfelt memorial service.

Claudia Winkleman, Dermot O’Leary and Fearne Cotton were among the stars arriving at Westminster Abbey for a special service of thanksgiving to honour the life of the much-loved broadcasting star.

Sir Terry, known for his velvety voice on radio and television, gave enjoyment to audiences over six decades, sealing his status as a national treasure.

Sir Terry Wogan (Anthony Devlin / PA Archive/PA Images)

Today a host of stars poured into Westminster Abbey to pay tribute to Sir Terry, who died at the age of 77 on January 31 this year following a battle with cancer.

Broadcaster Gloria Hunniford, who was among the celebrity guests, said: “It’s a very special event. I feel happy and sad.

"Sad because we have to be here to celebrate his life, happy that we’ve got a chance to say goodbye.

“He would be saying, ‘what’s this all about?’ But we never got a chance to say goodbye.”

The service featured performances from Katie Melua, 32, and Peter Gabriel, 66.

There were also tributes from the BBC’s director-general Tony Hall and DJ Chris Evans, who replaced Sir Terry in 2009 after 27 years on his Radio Two breakfast show.

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Comic Jimmy Carr also paid tribute, saying: “With Terry Wogan there was no act. He was entirely authentic. He was himself on stage and off. ”

Eamonn Holmes said Sir Terry was “from a time in broadcasting that will not be repeated again”.

Eamonn's wife and fellow This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford said she would always recall the DJ and TV host as a family man.

She explained that he did not have showbiz photos around his home because “his joy was his family”.

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Jo Whiley said: “He was one of a kind. He was the one who taught us broadcasters how to be broadcasters. And he was such a fine example of a man.”