Terry Wogan waxes lyrical about Wordsworth on trip to the Lake District (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Terry Wogan waxes lyrical about Wordsworth on trip to the Lake District
THE Bard of Broadcasting House, Sir Terry Wogan, has visited the Lake District to read his favourite poem.
Sir Terry and his wife Lady Helen, called for lunch at Rydal Mount and Gardens near Ambleside, a former home of William Wordsworth.
And seated in Wordsworth’s own chair in the drawing room, the famous BBC broadcaster read Daffodils, which he mentions regularly every spring on his morning radio show.
Sir Terry, one of Britain’s most endearing broadcasters, was invited by the curators of Rydal Mount, Peter and Marian Elkington.
Writing about his time in the Lake District for a national newspaper, Mr Wogan said: “You know it’s not called the Lake District for nothing. Everywhere you look, there’s one, each more beautiful than the last. Yes, I know you knew that, but it was my first time.
“In case you think it’s all Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, there are shades of the Brontës, Ruskin, Conan Doyle. Dickens and Wilkie Collins once walked all the way from Carlisle to get here.”
But he also mentioned finding a 'car park with no available spaces' and a 'restaurant that’s bursting at the seams.'
"Where have all these people come from, and how did they find their way? Will they ever see home and Mother again," he wrote.
On his shows, Mr Wogan regularly reads poetry based on the day’s news stories.
“He was delighted to be here, and to see where Wordsworth revised and published Daffodils in 1815. It was a very relaxed, lovely visit,” explained Mr Elkington.
The couple dined with Mr and Mrs Elkington in Wordsworth’s dining room on Cumbrian fare including 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,” added Mrs Elkington.
Rydal Mount was Wordsworth’s home from 1813 until his death in 1850. It was from Rydal Mount that he published the definitive version of Daffodils.
Now owned by the Wordsworth family, the house is open to the public in winter from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm, although closed in January.
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