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just dance Legendary DJ Annie Mac says goodbye to BBC Radio 1 after 17 years

The Dublin native has grown to be one of the most respected names in dance music globally

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Many from the music industry and broadcasting showed up to wish Annie farewell

Many from the music industry and broadcasting showed up to wish Annie farewell

Many from the music industry and broadcasting showed up to wish Annie farewell

Annie Mac has bid farewell to BBC Radio 1 after 17 years with her final Future Sounds show.

The Irish broadcaster, whose real name is Annie MacManus, said goodbye to the radio station on Friday night after almost two decades with an emotional final link.

She announced her departure from Radio 1 back in April, explaining that she wanted to focus on her two children and try her hand at some new projects.

Speaking to listeners through tears, she said: “Thank you to my mum and dad. They live in Dublin and you couldn’t get Radio 1 down there very well back in the day.

“At the start of my shows they used to sit out in the drive and sit in the car and listen to my shows. And yeah, thank you so much to them.”

She then proceeded to deliver her final link at the station and introduced DJ Rolando’s Knights Of The Jaguar, a track she said was “everything [she loves] in dance music.”

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Annie (L) filled a bath with ice to keep the drinks cold for her farewell party

Annie (L) filled a bath with ice to keep the drinks cold for her farewell party

Annie (L) filled a bath with ice to keep the drinks cold for her farewell party

Before leaving the fader down for the final time, the 43-year-old spoke directly to her supporters along the way, saying: “Thank you. Thank you for having me. Thank you for everything.

“I’m gonna keep going. I’m gonna hopefully keep being able to bring you music in other ways, and writing - whatever else comes my way.

“The last 17 years have been the most amazing, magical experience. And yeah, thank you so much for listening.

“As a 43-year-old woman, I can just tell you this. Life goes by really, really fast. It thunders by. If you like the music, you've just got to get up and dance. You just got to do it,” she finished.

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