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By Sophia Whitfield

Those Were the Days_6Sir Terry Wogan's stellar career in TV and radio spanned fifty years. His thrice-weekly live chat show attracted TV audiences of many million and ran for a successful eight years. His morning Breakfast show on Radio 2 won a host of broadcasting awards, and a regular record-breaking audience of over 8 million every morning. He was also well known for his legendary commentaries on The Eurovision Song Contest, and his presenting of the BBC's Children in Need, that raised almost a billion pounds over the past thirty-five years.

Wogan’s gentle lilting voice is immediately recognisable. I will remember him most for his humorous commentary of the Eurovision Song Contest and his dedicated work for BBC’s Children In Need.

In October I was lucky enough to hear him speak at a Q&A. He was taking part in a book tour to promote his latest book Those Were The Days. Wogan had the audience in the palm of his hands as he sat leisurely dishing out humorous anecdotes with his wife Helen sitting in the audience. He often referred to his millions of radio listeners as Togs (Terry’s old geezers and gals) and the audience was full of his affectionately named Togs.

His book is a gem. Packed with Wogan’s astute observations of life, all written on the page with humour and mockery. Reading it is like listening to the voice of Wogan telling a story.

So, pull up a chair, take your ease, and join Tom, king of the Cattle Market bank branch, for a bite to eat and a glass or two of wine.

Come and meet his customers, many of whom have become his friends, and listen to their tales. Join Tom as he reminisces about the places he's been, the people he has met and the laughter and the struggles of daily life as he made his way from humble bank clerk to the heady heights of Branch Manager.

Take your time reading the book, enjoy and listen once more to the voice of Sir Terry Wogan.
I will leave you with a quote from Those Were The Days, which is how his millions of fans see him.

“And like every individual ever born, there has never been, and never will be, anybody like them (him) again … “

Buy the book here.

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