Veteran Scots radio presenter Ken Bruce has celebrated his 70th birthday on BBC Radio 2, with music legends Sir Rod Stewart, Sir Elton John and Sir Tom Jones sending well-wishes to mark the occasion.
Bruce’s former Radio 2 colleague Graham Norton, comedian Rob Brydon and tennis coach Judy Murray also pitched in with surprise birthday messages for the popular presenter.
Brydon said: “What an achievement to get to 70 and still look as good as you do.”
Sir Rod added: “Hi Ken, it’s Rod here wishing you a happy birthday mate, and thanking you for all the fun interviews over all these years.”
A musician from the BBC Concert Orchestra also performed Happy Birthday on the bagpipes for him while his wife Kerith handed him with a cake from his BBC colleagues while he was presenting from his home studio.
It had been baked by 2013 Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn for the PopMaster quiz host.
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, Bruce’s producer, said: “We knew Ken wouldn’t want a big fuss for his birthday, 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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