Late broadcaster passed away in January
Chris Evans, Peter Gabriel and actress Joanna Lumley were among a host of stars who paid tribute to the late Sir Terry Wogan at a celebratory memorial service in London today (September 27).
The ceremony was held at Westminster Abbey on the 50th anniversary of Sir Terry’s first BBC radio broadcast. He died in January aged 77 after a short battle with cancer.
The late presenter’s dulcet tones were heard echoing in the Abbey against a backdrop of archive images of the late broadcaster as the service was opened by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, reports BBC News.
Speaking at the service fellow broadcaster and former Top Gear presenter Evans said: “Terry Wogan wasn’t the best – he is the best, and he will always be the best.”
Peter Gabriel performed ‘That’ll Do’ from the film Babe: Pig In The City, which Sir Terry chose as his favourite Desert Island Disc track in 2012.
Katie Melua, whom Sir Terry championed on Radio 2, also sang an acoustic version of her hit ‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’. You can watch footage of both performances below.
Sir Terry’s children Alan, Mark and Katherine read prayers for their father and archive recordings of the late broadcaster were played throughout the event.
The BBC Concert Orchestra closed the service with a rendition of ‘Floral Dance’, a hit for Sir Terry in 1978.
Meanwhile, Take That, Olly Murs, Gregory Porter, Ellie Goulding and Rick Astley are among the acts who have been announced for a special BBC Children In Need Rocks concert in his honour at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 1.