Millions of UK listeners woke up with Ireland’s Terry Wogan for the last time today as hosted his final BBC Radio 2 breakfast show.

Wogan bows out after a total of 27 years and he has already said that leaving the show is a huge wrench and preparing to say goodbye had been "a hell of strain emotionally and mentally".

The 71-year-old presenter stayed across the road from the BBC's Broadcasting House last night instead of commuting from Buckinghamshire for fear that overnight snowfalls might delay his show. He told listeners yesterday that it was the first time he had ever taken such a precaution.

Chris Evans is due to take over Wogan’s time slot in the New Year. Preparing his listeners yesterday for the change he said "Mind you take him to your hearts, because he's a really nice, decent fella."

His legion of devoted fans are know as TOGS – Terry’s Old Geezers/Gals.