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Sir Bruce Forsyth bids farewell in Strictly send-off

By PA Reporter

Sir Bruce Forsyth bade an emotional goodbye as he bowed out of presenting Strictly Come Dancing last night.

The veteran presenter announced earlier this year he was quitting after a decade fronting the show, but he made a return to introduce this series' glittering line-up.

Sir Bruce told viewers: "I'll really miss being here with this atmosphere, with Dave and the band and the singer. It is that kind of night for me."

In a special opening sequence in which Sir Bruce sat behind a grand desk with the judges as his servants, he told viewers: "I'm really looking forward to putting my feet up this year.

"But I have one last thing to do for Strictly – get everyone back together again and to get the nation dancing."

The 86-year-old was greeted with loud cheers as he appeared on stage to pass the presenting baton to Claudia Winkleman and his old co-host Tess Daly, who will front the programme this year.

And Brucie slipped on his dancing shoes and gave a tap performance to kick the show off.

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