Rod Stewart asked by Ken Bruce if he is ‘slowing up’
Musicians Sir Rod Stewart, Sir Elton John and Sir Tom Jones sent the Radio 2 DJ birthday messages during his show. Bruce’s former Radio 2 colleague Graham Norton, comedian Rob Brydon and tennis coach Judy Murray also sent their well-wishes. Rob said: “What an achievement to get to 70 and still look as good as you do.” And Sir Rod added: “Wishing you a happy birthday mate, and thanking you for all the fun interviews over all these years.”
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A musician from the BBC Concert Orchestra performed Happy Birthday on the bagpipes for the Scot while his wife Kerith handed him a cake from his colleagues while he was presenting from his home studio. It had been created by 2013 Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn.
The PopMaster quiz host has presented the mid-morning weekday show since 1992.
Head of Radio 2 Helen Thomas said: “Radio 2’s very own Ken Bruce, the man, the legend, the original PopMaster, we salute you!
“On behalf of everyone at Radio 2 and our millions of listeners, we wish you a very happy 70th birthday!”
Phil McGarvey, Ken’s producer, said: “We knew he wouldn’t want a big fuss. But thought if we could work together with his beloved BBC Concert Orchestra for a special musical gift, he might not mind too much.
“Happy birthday, Ken. Normal service will be resumed tomorrow.”
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