Terry Wogan is remembered with affection at Rydal Mount near Ambleside. The late Bard of Broadcasting House visited the Lake District two years ago to read one of his favourite poems at the home of Britain’s most famous poet.
Sir Terry and his wife Lady Helen called for lunch at Rydal Mount at the invitation of the curators, Peter and Marian Elkington. And seated in Wordsworth’s own chair in the drawing room, he read Daffodils, which he mentioned regularly each spring on his morning radio show.
“He was a great fan of Wordsworth, and he loved looking around the house,” recalls Mr Elkington.
“He sat in William’s favourite chair in the drawing room, and read the poem, which he loved. It was very moving, and a very memorable moment.”
Terry Wogan often read out poetry based on the day’s news stories or an ode to one of the newsreaders, on his shows. “He was delighted to be here, and to see where Wordsworth published Daffodils in 1815. It was a very relaxed, lovely visit.” said Peter
The couple dined with Peter and Marian in Wordsworth’s dining room, on Cumbrian fare – locally produced ham and turkey, local cheeses including Appleby organic brie, and cherry tomatoes grown in the garden at Rydal Mount.
“Lady Helen is a keen gardener and enjoyed looking round the gardens here,” said Marian.