Sir Terry Wogan laid to rest in private funeral

Gemma Strong

The funeral service for Sir Terry Wogan has taken place with just a small group of family members and close friends in attendance. The veteran broadcaster, 77, was laid to rest on Tuesday, according to the Mirror. In keeping with the family's wishes, the ceremony was kept out of the spotlight.

Terry passed away on 31 January after a "short but brave" battle with cancer. In a statement released on Friday, the BBC confirmed: "Sir Terry Wogan's funeral will take place next week. It will be a private service, for the family."

Sir Terry Wogan has been laid to rest in a private funeral service

The radio presenter was one of Britain's most beloved broadcasters. Following the sad news of his death, tributes poured in for the star - led by BBC director general Tony Hall.

"Terry truly was a national treasure," he said. "Today we've lost a wonderful friend. He was a lovely, lovely man and our thoughts are with his wife and family.

"For 50 years Sir Terry graced our screens and airwaves. His warmth, wit and geniality meant that for millions he was part of the family. Wake Up To Wogan was for millions of Radio 2 listeners the very best way to start the day. For decades he's been such a huge part of the BBC on television and radio, and leaves so many wonderful memories.

Sir Terry pictured with his beloved wife Helen

"At the centre of Children In Need since its beginning, he raised hundreds of millions of pounds and changed so many lives for the better. He leaves a remarkable legacy."

Prime Minister David Cameron also paid tribute: "My thoughts are with Terry Wogan's family. Britain has lost a huge talent – someone millions came to feel was their own special friend. I grew up listening to him on the radio and watching him on TV. His charm and wit always made me smile."

Terry had been married to wife Helen since April 1965. They had four children together – one of whom, a daughter Vanessa, tragically died when she was just a few weeks old – and five grandchildren.

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