TV and radio stalwart Terry Wogan made a terminally-ill cancer sufferer’s dream come true when she got to meet him and appear on his show.
Ann-Marie Noble, 31, from Hartlepool, got to tick another item off her bucket list when she met Wogan.
The RAF flight lieutenant, who has terminal cervical cancer, was also interviewed by the legendary host for his Weekend Wogan show on Radio 2 on Sunday.
Ann-Marie, who was told she was terminally ill in April, previously told the Mail she has a list of 30 things she wants to do in what little time she has left, and Hartlepool-based charity Music v Cancer helped to arrange for the pair to meet.
Wogan described the brave former English Martyrs School and Hartlepool Sixth Form student as: “Noble by name, noble by nature”.
During the interview, he poignantly asked her: “Are you going to be around for a while?”
Ann-Marie, who joined singers Charlotte Church and former Westlife frontman Shane Filan on Wogan’s show, replied: “A good couple of months at least”.
Wogan said: “It’s kind of sad, but I’m happy you are here.” Ann-Marie, who describes Wogan as “the biggest hunk of all time”, even flirted with the star when he asked “why would you want to meet an old geezer like me?”. She replied: “You’re not that old, and I’m not that young.”
Wogan described her as a “very very pretty person with absolutely no wrinkles”, with Ann-Marie returning the compliment, saying: “Just like yourself.”
He thanked her from coming to the London studios from Hartlepool and “lowering your standards to join me in the studio”.
Ann-Marie, whose family live in West View Road, explained to Wogan how a bucket list works and told him it was “a list of items you dream to do before the day is calling and the bells sound”.
Wogan asked: “This has happened to you, what about your own attitude?”.
Ann-Marie replied: “Cancer can be such a negative thing, but it can also be such a positive thing.
“I wanted to do so many positive things with my life.
“But I can still do so many positive things – like having my hair shaved off for charity, getting one extra person to have a smear test or the HPV vaccine, or raising awareness of cervical cancer.
“It’s not a negative experience.”
Wogan said: “I’m honoured to be on your bucket list, it’s great and wonderful for you to come and joke with me.”
Ann-Marie told the Mail it was a “fantastic experience”, adding: “It was so much fun.
“Dreams do come true.”