Irish broadcaster Terry Wogan confessed that he felt “crazed with power” after receiving the Freedom of the City of London today.
The broadcasting legend received the honour and was given the opportunity to raise and lower Tower Bridge to mark his final week on Radio 2 after five decades of broadcasting.
Wogan, 71, joked: “I raised and lowered Tower Bridge, which was fantastic. I’m now crazed with power. I can do anything I want now.
“They said it was one of the finest examples of raising and lowering they’ve ever seen... I have always wanted to be Superman.”
But the broadcasting legend did not let the power go completely to his head, saying he was being “cursed” by thousands of Londoners whose journeys were delayed while they waited for him to close the famous bridge.
Wogan already has the Freedom of the City of Limerick to his name and says that he was given Freedom of the Suburb of Splott in Cardiff this morning on his radio show.
He joked that he was irritated that Freedom of the City of London no longer allowed its recipient to be drunk and disorderly without reason for arrest, saying: “I’m going to challenge them”.
Wogan, who announced his retirement in September, said he was in the slow demise of his career but that he would “be all over the place like a cheap suit on the television and radio”.
Of his extraordinary success, he said: “I never had any fear of the microphone...It’s not a great gift but for me it’s a very important gift. Life is so full of change you have to be lucky, and I’ve always been extraordinarily lucky.”
Wogan broadcasts his final breakfast show on Radio 2 on Friday. He will move to a new weekend show next year.