Back in the black and white days, we all watched Blue Peter. Children still do. It’s on a different channel now and isn’t quite as mumsy as it used to be, but it’s still Blue Peter, a generation spanning behemoth of children’s television.
A few years ago, the McSpecs went on a tour of BBC Television Centre. We saw a newsreader, studios and the weather technology. Girl1 got to play with puppets; Girl2 was shy. There was a TARDIS. For Spurs Fan and I, by far the most exciting bit of the tour was the visit to the BPG- the Blue Peter Garden. We were there, in the real live actual Blue Peter garden, filled with memories of Petra and Percy Thrower.
Last year, both girls received coveted (by their parents) Blue Peter badges; they’d sent in pictures to welcome a new presenter. Wee pets.
These Blue Peter tales vanished into oblivion last week, pushed out of the way by actually meeting the actual hosts. The real live superwoman, the very awesome Helen Skelton and kind of cute Barney Harwood. We met Helen and Barney. And got autographs! And pictures! (Just a little excited…)
There was a sports day/ olympic themed event, with activities- track and field, tv presenting, assault course, mega bike riding, shows and ice cream eating. Fun, indeed.
Since multi tasking isn’t a bad idea, we got Helen, Barney and Nicky from Westlife to sign NIRDP t shirts when they were there. Coming to a raffle near you later this year…