Sir Bruce Forsyth bids farewell in Strictly send-off
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.