By now, most of us have heard the very sad news of the passing of the one and only, Sir Bruce Forsyth. It is with a very heavy heart and great sadness that I write this tribute to our "Sir Brucie".
Zoe and I send our deepest condolences to Wilnelia and the entire Forsyth family.
What a man, what a showman, what a gentleman! A true entertainer from the era of magic in showbiz and a talent that will rarely be seen again.
In April 2004 at the Strictly Come Dancing pilot, Sir Bruce was one of the first to welcome me to the strictly family. “You must be Brendan?” he asked (a moment I will never forget) and it was at this moment he showed an understanding of being the man in charge and the man that all of us looked to, to lead us on this new and exciting journey. For me, in those four words, it was clear that he was not only a gent but a true professional in all senses of the word. Over the years, Brucie continued to lead and inspire us all and even though he hung up his dancing shoes as our host a few years ago, to this day I still consider him to be our leader and captain and will continue to do so until the show is no more.
I am honoured to have known the great man, to have worked alongside him for so many years and to have had my life touched by such greatness.
A true showman, a true entertainer and quite simply the best.
Rest in peace dear friend. Thank you for the memories and the lessons, you will always be my inspiration.