On our screens for 50 years, Sir Terry summed up all the attributes we are proud of in our culture: humble, kind, warm, funny, honest, generous…the list goes on.
I talk as if I knew him personally – which of course I didn’t – but as viewers and listeners, we felt like we did know him, didn’t we?
Despite the fact that he was a ‘celebrity’, Terry Wogan seemed like a normal, down-to-earth guy who was just on the TV and radio chatting to us and being himself. He did this with such ease and honesty, he really did make you feel like he was your friend.
Tributes were made by his family, friends and colleagues at a celebratory memorial service at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday. The date marked the 50th anniversary of Sir Terry’s first BBC radio broadcast.
Jimmy Carr said: “With Terry Wogan there was no act. He was entirely authentic. He was himself on stage and off.”
Chris Evans summed up: “Terry Wogan wasn’t the best – he is the best, and he will always be the best.”
Sir Terry died in January at the age of 77 after a short battle with cancer.
His shoes will of course be impossible to fill – particularly his roles in BBC’s Children in Need and on BBC Radio 2.