A Chester radio station DJ has paid tribute to the universal popularity of the late Sir Terry Wogan.

The BBC announced the sad news that Sir Terry had passed away following a ‘short but brave’ battle with cancer on Sunday (January 31).

Fellow broadcaster and Dee 106.3 drivetime host Gavin Matthews called Sir Terry a ‘real unparallelled talent in his field’.

Discussing the news on his show, Gavin said: “He was a man who it turns out was universally popular.

Gavin Matthews Dee 106.3 FM presenter
Gavin Matthews Dee 106.3 FM presenter

“Your mum loved Terry Wogan, your nan loved Terry Wogan, your children loved Terry Wogan. Everybody liked him.

“There are not that many people that can achieve that broad an appeal.

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“As a broadcaster he was a natural. Perhaps the most natural there has ever been.

“He was the one who I think we all aspire to be like but who none of us ever will be.”

Sir Terry visited Chester last June to film an episode of Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip, which saw him and Mason McQueen travel around the UK in a black cab on an epicurean pilgrimage.

Sir Terry Wogan and Mason McQueen at Tea on the Wall in Chester
Sir Terry Wogan and Mason McQueen at Tea on the Wall in Chester

Having visited Tea on the Wall, Cork’s Out and the Refectory at Chester Cathedral, he described Chester as a ‘lovely, lovely city’.

Scores of readers have shared their memories and condolences on the Chronicle Facebook page.

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Ann Dytor-Walsh wrote: “Sad news. Sir Terry entertained us for many years. He was a lovely lovely man. RIP Terry, our loss is heaven’s gain.”

While Victoria Giddens said: “Sir Terry was a legend. I loved listening to his comments on the Eurovision he was so funny. Watching him on TV as I grew up. Listening to the radio. It’s so sad, RIP X.”

Lyndsey Davies tweeted that she paid a special visit to Tea On The Wall after watching Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip.