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UK Gold Badge Walk to Feature Familiar Names

Written by Chief Editor.

Blue Peter is about to unveil a brand new ‘Gold Badge Walk’ at its studios.

A bit like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Golden Badge Walk is a path that honours some well-known personalities who have received Blue Peter’s special accolade. Among them are Elton; the Queen; JK Rowling; David Attenborough; Wayne Rooney; David Beckham; and Barbara Windsor. There are 44 large Gold Badges in total.
 
Since the programme’s launch in 1958, the Gold Badge has been presented to people who show great expertise in their chosen field, and are considered to be role models who inspire viewers.
 
Blue Peter’s Gold Badge Walk has been built at MediaCityUK in Salford, joining the famous Blue Peter Garden to the CBBC’s studios.

The path will be revealed to viewers in tomorrow’s live programme (the 12th of  October at 5.30 p.m. on CBBC), celebrating some of the most successful folks in sport, literature, music and other industries to receive the accolade.

Also being honoured in the Gold Badge Walk are former presenters Valerie Singleton, Peter Purves and John Noakes. Biddy Baxter, editor of the programme for 23 years, and Percy Thrower, the first Blue Peter gardener, are included as well.

Blue Peter will celebrate its 60th anniversary in October 2018 and has a host of special events taking place across the next 12 months to mark the occasion.

As part of the celebrations, the show will have its first ever guest editor, children’s author Jacqueline Wilson, who will be taking the reins on October 19.

A special edition of Blue Peter on February 1, 2018 will mark the show’s 5,000th episode. February will also see the launch of a new Diamond Badge - the highest honour fans and viewers can be awarded within the special 60th year.

Ewan Vinnicombe, Editor of Blue Peter, says: “We're thrilled to launch our 60th year with our special 'Gold Badge Walk' just a few steps away from the iconic Blue Peter garden. We've got such an exciting year ahead with many treats in store for our audience, across all generations, to celebrate the special place that Blue Peter holds within the UK. I'm so excited that Jacqueline Wilson will be our first guest editor with all her creative genius.”