22:58 28 September 2016
Sir Terry Wogan’s life was celebrated by his family and friends at a thanksgiving service in Westminster Abbey. Among those who paid tribute were Chris Evans, Joana Lumley and Peter Gabriel.
Sir Terry died on January 31, 2016.
During the thanksgiving service, Sir Terry’s dulcet hones were played against a backdrop of archive images of the much-loved broadcaster. The service was opened by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall.
Several celebrities then paid their tribute. BBC director general Tony Hall said that “the bedrock of this (Sir Terry’s) life was his family.”
He added: "Thank you, Sir Terry, on behalf of everyone at the BBC, and all your audiences, for giving us so much sheer, unalloyed joy."
Peter Gabriel then 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 also performed and sang an acoustic version of her hit The Closest Thing to Crazy.
Other guests included Alan Titchmarsh, Tess Daly, Alesha Dixon, Maureen Lipman, Esther Rantzen, Gaby Roslin, June Whitfield, Jimmy Tarbuck, Simon Mayo, Aled Jones, Rory Bremner and Richard Stilgoe.