Terry Wogan’s Old Gals & Geezers

December 3, 2009

Around forty dedicated listeners to Terry Wogan’s Radio 2 breakfast show, or TOGS (Terry’s Old Geezers/Gals) as they are better known, gathered at the Scottish Poetry Library for an evening of Toggerel  on Friday 27th November to raise money for Children in Need. Regular contributors to the show, Sally Forth, Rhea Juvenate, Milicent Grumble and Crookey, the Crooked Man from Old Bangor Town, read a mixture of their own and well-liked poems, alongside other members of the audience, who were inspired to ransack the shelves for old favourites  – or pressed into service by the masterful MC of the evening, “Voice of the Balls”, Alan ” Deadly” Dedicoat.  Along with the choices of other members of the breakfast team, Terry Wogan had sent Deadly along with a request to read two of his own favourites: ‘Adlestrop’, by Edward Thomas, and Robert Frost’s ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’.  And with the wine flowing the TOGs were even inspired to pen their own valedictory Words for Wogan.

Many, many thanks to Alison Campbell and Liz Allen for all the hard work and personal contributions they put into making the evening a success. Liz managed to turn up TOGS in the most surprising places and secure some amazing raffle prizes. As a result, the evening raised £700.34 for Children in Need, and fun was had by all.

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