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Chris Evans Sir Terry Wogan's successor on the Radio 2 breakfast show today paid tribute to his 'radio dad' in an emotional broadcast which had listeners around the country in tears.

Sir Terry, known for his velvety voice and easy charm on Wake Up To Wogan and Weekend Wogan, died surrounded by his family yesterday after 'a short but brave battle with cancer'.

He added: 'What a man. What a giant of broadcasting. Truly, there have been and will be few like him. One of the all time greats right up there with the bug guns, the BBC hall of famers.

'He was radio's Eric Morecambe, Ronnie Barker. He was our Captain Mainwaring, our Basil Fawlty, but he made us laugh every day for two hours, and for over 30 years.

'All unscripted, all ad lib, and always supremely assured. Unwaveringly confident. And do you know why? Because he never took any of this seriously. Least of all himself.'

Earlier, as he entered the studio ahead of his show, Evans said Sir Terry was his 'radio dad', adding: 'He taught me so much about being on the radio and not being on the radio. He was the absolute governor, everybody knows that.'

Evans struggled to hold back the emotion as he replica van cleef arpel alhambra necklace spoke to Father Brian D'Arcy, the priest and friend of Sir Terry's who saw him shortly before his death.

Father Brian said: 'I thought things were going to be alright. I was a little worried when he wasn't able to turn up for Children in Need, which was his great passion for 25 years.'

The pair, pictured, left, in 1996 and, right,after Evans presented Sir Terry with Digital Radio award in 2010

Father Brian added: 'I phoned him and he said "everything's going to be alright old boy, you might want to say a few prayers if you have any influence up there, if there is anyone up there", he used to go on with this atheism.

'Then after Christmas, it seemed to change a little bit. It seemed more serious and the first opportunity that I was able to get over I came over.

'I wasn't sure how it was going to be but as soon as I saw Terry I knew it was the last time I was going to see him and the shake hands was the last shake hands with him.

'It was a beautiful day, a day I'll never forget, a sad day, because it was the end of a beautiful friendship.'

The priest's voice broke with emotion and an obviously moved Evans played another song.

The interview had listeners around the country in tears, with many going on Twitter to tell of their sadness.

Sarah Pluves wrote: 'In tears listening to Fr Brian on Chris Evans talking about his memories of Terry Wogan.'

The chat moved listeners around the country to tears, with many telling of their sorrow on Twitter

And Raquel Snow added: 'How emotional was that from Father Brian? More tears in the car Wogan'

Evans's show played out to Sir Terry's 1978 hit, The Floral Dance.

Prominent members of Sir Terry's BBC Radio 2 fan club, which he dubbed Terry's Old Geezers and Gals (TOGS), have also praised his work this morning.

Norman Macintosh, who organises the TOGS conventions and met Sir Terry multiple times, told BBC Breakfast: 'He was the gentleman and the ultimate broadcaster.

'His radio show was, I think, the end of an era. He talked to replica van cleef turquoise alhambra necklace one person at a time and he felt like he was talking to you and he brought the whole audience into the show and everyone felt like they were part of it.'

Mr Macintosh and his wife Lesley organised the TOGS Celebrity Calendar to raise around 100,000 a year for Children in Need, and they have pledged to continue fundraising in his name.

One message simply read: 'Another legend gone'. Another stated: 'Terry Thanks for the laughs'

Mrs Macintosh said: 'We asked celebrities to pose with Pudsey Bear. We had Paul McCartney, Kylie the top people all thought it was a wonderful thing because he would say "Use my name" and he trusted us to be professional with it. It just grew from there.'

Kevin Joslin, who was an original TOG, later told ITV's This Morning: 'The Togs took off at the end of the 1990's really when we got the website together and started having conventions, that's when it really became a force to be reckoned with.
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