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The 71-year-old Sir Terry Wogan broadcasts his final Wake Up To Wogan today
Blog Post Dated: December 18, 2009 6:55 AM | Permalink
I met him once briefly. I was working in Windsor and he was doing a book signing, so I decided to buy one for a relative. He sat and did signing, photos for people. Nothing was too much trouble. Proper gent.
Tim Almond |
December 18, 2009 9:36 AM
While I'm happy to accept Tim's view of the GLI (Greatest Living Irishman) personally, I must admit his public persona gets on my hampton so I always switched off in the morning. Unfortunately he's being replaced by a hyperactive recycled teenager from Radio 1, so I shall continue to switch off.
BTW, is the GLI still an Irish citizen or naturalised Brit? If the former, his knighthood is only honorary and he should not be referred to as "Sir". Sorry to be pedantic, but pedants get it right!
(TE He has dual citizenship I believe.)
December 18, 2009 10:31 AM
Terry has been a brilliant foil against the warmists and the nanny state nincompoops. He will be sadly missed and global warming will now get worse.
Lord Harbinger, of Doom
Lord Harbinger |
December 18, 2009 11:08 AM
Wogan was awarded an honorary knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2005. After becoming a British citizen that year, the knighthood was made substantive on 11 October, 2005, allowing him to use the style "Sir". He received an honorary OBE in 1997. On 29 May 2007 he was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.
Ref [26} is to the London Gazaette which confirms the substantive award of the KBE.
So. Sir Michael Terrance Wogan KBE, DL it is. Also OBE (and gold Blue Peter badge - the ultimate accolade.)
Once contributed his own underpants to a Children in Need auction. They fetched £7,500.
(Not a lot of people know that)
Alan Bates |
December 18, 2009 11:56 AM
Many thanks Alan. I'd often been bothered by that and I'm now quite happy to refer to him as Sir Terry. Sorry about the double posting above.
December 18, 2009 4:59 PM
So farewell then, Sir Terry!
Many a long drive down the M4 was made easier by the gentle burble of Wogan-banter.
December 18, 2009 5:00 PM
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