'He broke the mould': Stars gather to remember Sir Terry Wogan

A service of thanksgiving for Sir Terry Wogan has taken place at Westminster Abbey, where colleagues celebrated the life and career of the broadcasting legend.

Katie Melua, a performer who was catapulted to stardom after her music was played on his long-running Radio 2 breakfast show, sang The Closest Thing To Crazy during the service.

Peter Gabriel also performed, singing That'll Do - a song Sir Terry selected on Desert Island Discs, and which was also played as he signed off for the final time from Wake Up To Wogan.

Sir Terry, known for his velvety voice on radio and television in a career that spanned more than 40 years, died aged 77 at the end of January after a "short but brave battle with cancer".

Joanna Lumley read a poem at the service which she co-wrote with Sir Richard Stilgoe, entitled For The Former Greatest Living Irishman.

It compared Sir Terry's voice to an "aural newly ripened peach that never spoke to all, but spoke to each".

The poem continued: "If he was here I'd kiss his handsome face, and tell him that they simply broke the mould when he was made."

During the service Chris Evans, who took over from Sir Terry in Radio 2's breakfast slot said: "Terry Wogan wasn't the best. He is the best and he will always be the best."

Claudia Winkleman, Gloria Hunniford, Eamonn Holmes, Matt Baker and Dermot O'Leary were among other big names from broadcasting attending the service.

The BBC's Director-General, Lord Hall, said Sir Terry was a "national treasure", while fellow Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce read WB Yeats' The Song Of Wandering Aengus.

Sir Terry's children - Alan, Mark and Katherine - paid tribute to their father's "true understanding of charity" and his "life's work, warmth and humour … his gentleness and his love of people".

There was a collection for BBC Children In Need at the service, a charity which has raised hundreds of millions of pounds for young people through annual telethons which were hosted by Sir Terry for many years.

He was also known for his withering commentary on the Eurovision Song Contest, a role taken up by fellow Irishman Graham Norton during recent contests.

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