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TERRY WOGONE; LEGENDARY DJ FINALLY QUITS RADIO 2.

Byline: Rick Fulton

IT'S the end of a radio era today and Sir Terry Wogan is taking no chances.

He stayed in London overnight last night for the first time in nearly 30 years to avoid being stuck in snow.

After 27 years at Radio 2, Sir Terry is leaving the UK's biggest breakfast radio show - to the sadness of his millions of fans.

But he's going to make sure it's an amazing send-off. Which means staying in a London hotel rather than his Buckinghamshire home.

Yesterday, as the stars lined up to sing his praises, he admitted: "It would be typical, wouldn't it, to have it come down in bucketloads?"

His replacement Chris Evans made a surprise guest appearance on Sir Terry's show yesterday to reassure his loyal fans, the TOGs - short for Terry's Old Geezers or Gals - that they would be in safe hands.

The veteran host said: "I hopethatmylistenerswilltreat you with the same respect and decency and devotion that they've always shown to me.

"I expect them to take you to their bosoms."

As Sir Terry, 71, hosted his penultimate show he tucked into a cake specially created in the shape of Evans- but wearing huge footwear-by actress and celebrity cake maker Jane Asher.

Evans said: "They're massive shoes and a little me-and I think that's perfect because that's absolutely true."

Payingtribute to Sir Terry, Evanssaid: "Can I just say that everyone in our business wishes you so well and thank syou so much for being so brilliant. No one can come close to you. I know this is embarrassing for you, I know you don't want to hear it, but it's all true."

Evans, who has hosted the station's drivetime show for four years, said he had often tried to work out the secrets of Sir Terry's broadcasting success.

"I've been studying your magic since I was born and what goes on, and I've realised that it's not much, is it?

"You've got three magic ingredients as far as I can see. One is shameless innuendo,corpsing(laughing)isalways useful... and also you must accept all free food, is that true?"

Addressing his listeners Sir Terry said:"Mindyou,takehimtoyourhearts, because he's a really nice decent fella."

As the show ended today Sir Terry played Frank Sinatra's My Way.

Referring to the track's "I did it my way" sentiment, he joked: "That's why they're giving me the push".

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FINAL TRACK: Wogan, left, with Chris Evans yesterday and, right, in the 70s
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