ONE of Sir Terry Wogan's final TV engagements was in Wiltshire.

Sir Terry, hailed as a "national treasure", has died aged 77 after suffering from cancer.

The veteran broadcaster, known for his velvety voice on radio and television, was one of the UK and Ireland's best known stars.

A statement said Limerick-born Sir Terry died surrounded by his family.

In March last year Sir Terry Wogan had the people of Devizes eating out of his hand when he and London cabbie Mason McQueen spent the day in town for the new show Terry & Mason's Great Food Trip.

The show was aired on BBC Two in September.

His first stop was The Bear Hotel for breakfast followed by a lesson on how to make traditional Devizes cheesecake from Giovanni Campanella at Dolcipani bakery.

He was then off to see how traditional Wiltshire ham and bacon is cured at Sandridge Farm, Bromham, before hitching a ride on a narrow boat as it navigated the Caen Hill flight of locks and during a visit to Devizes Market he met traditional cheesemaker Ceri Cryer, of Brinkworth Diary.

There was just time to pop in to the Black Swan to see how Devizes pie was made under the instruction of Florence Chapman.

Sir Terry told viewers: "Devizes is a fantastic little market town."

During filming Sir Terry was happy to greetfans.

He said: "We have loved Devizes. It is a great market town.

"We have seen plenty of hogs and we have had a great British breakfast in The Bear."

"We have been through Wiltshire and the things I will remember are the roundabouts and the traffic congestion."

Today tributes poured in from a host of stars, with Prime Minister David Cameron saying Sir Terry was "someone millions came to feel was their own special friend".

Sir Terry was last on air on BBC Radio 2 just under three months ago, on Sunday November 8, and days later was forced to pull out of presenting Children In Need at the last minute due to health issues.

A family statement issued by the BBC said: "Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer. He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time."

BBC Director General Tony Hall described Sir Terry as a "national treasure".

He said: "Terry truly was a national treasure. Today we've lost a wonderful friend. He was a lovely, lovely man and our thoughts are with his wife and family.

"For 50 years Sir Terry graced our screens and airwaves. His warmth, wit and geniality meant that for millions he was a part of the family.

"Wake Up To Wogan was for millions of Radio 2 listeners the very best way to start the day. For decades he's been such a huge part of the BBC on television and radio and leaves so many wonderful memories.

"At the centre of Children In Need since its beginning he raised hundreds of millions of pounds and changed so many lives for the better. He leaves a remarkable legacy."

Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "My thoughts are with Terry Wogan's family. Britain has lost a huge talent - someone millions came to feel was their own special friend.

"I grew up listening to him on the radio and watching him on TV. His charm and wit always made me smile."

Helen Boaden, director at BBC Radio, said: "Sir Terry was a radio legend. For decades, he gave great pleasure to radio listeners with his wit, warmth and inimitable humour. He was an extraordinary broadcaster but also incredibly good fun, and will be sorely missed."

Bob Shennan, controller at Radio 2, said: "As the host of Wake Up To Wogan, Terry established himself as one of the greatest and most popular radio hosts this country has ever heard.

"We were brightened by his wonderful personality and charm as he woke us up every weekday morning, becoming an essential and much-loved part of our lives.

"His millions of listeners adored him, as did his whole Radio 2 family. We will miss him enormously and our thoughts at this very sad time are with Helen and all the family."

Paying tribute to his friend, BBC broadcaster Jeremy Vine said: "Terry started doing the Radio 2 breakfast show when I was six. When, aged 37, I joined the network, he was unfailingly encouraging and friendly. He did nearly 40 years at breakfast, with an intermission for TV work: surely an unbeatable record.

"Someone asked Terry how many listeners he had. Instead of answering nine million, which would have been accurate, he said: 'Only one.'

"And it was this approach that made him one of the greatest broadcasters this country has ever seen. He only ever spoke to one person."

Vine also quoted a conversation between Sir Terry and the Queen, during which she asked him how long he had worked at the BBC.

Sir Terry replied: "Your Majesty, I've never worked here."

President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, said: "I have heard with sadness of the death of Terry Wogan, one of the great figures of broadcasting.

"His was a distinguished contribution to television and in particular to the medium of radio.

"People in Ireland will remember his early career in Irish broadcasting. On his move to Britain his voice became one of the most often quoted, favourite radio voices.

"Always proud of his origins in Limerick, he made many returns to his native country for television and radio projects.

"His rise to the top of radio listenership in the United Kingdom was a great tribute to his breadth of knowledge and in particular his unique, very personal sense of humour."

News of the death is trending on Twitter, with big names speaking of their admiration for the much-loved star.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he will be "missed by millions", while broadcaster Tony Blackburn thanked Sir Terry for "being a friend".

Sir Roger Moore said: "Oh no. It's a sad weekend. BBC News - Sir Terry Wogan: Veteran broadcaster dies aged 77."

Presenter Dermot O'Leary described him as "just the most warm-hearted, generous, funny, clever, life-affirming man", and Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans added: "We are all so terribly sad upon hearing of the passing of Terry. I can't put into words how the whole Radio 2 family is feeling."

Piers Morgan hailed Sir Terry as "one of the greatest broadcasters who ever lived", and fellow Irishman Graham Norton said: "He made it seem effortless and for a young boy in Ireland he made it seem possible. RIP Sir Terry Wogan."