Did you get a Blue Peter badge? Do tell - fame and fortune await (well, possibly)

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HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 18-Oct-12 11:16:24

Hello. Some very nice folks at the Beeb have been in touch with us because they're making a programme to mark the 50th <boggle> anniversary of the Blue Peter badge next year.

And they really want to talk to some people who won a Blue Peter badge when they were young(er).

So, were/are you the proud owner of Blue Peter badge? What kind was it? What did you get it for? And did getting the badge inspire you to bigger and better things?

Do please post your Blue-Peter-badge tales on this thread.

The BBC folk will be watching, and they may ask us to contact some of you to see if you'd be interested in taking part in their programme. (Obviously, you'd be quite free to say no, if you didn't want to.)

Thanks, MNHQ <aghast that no one in office has one>

jamaisjedors Thu 18-Oct-12 20:29:36

I've got one. Must have been in the early 80s.

I wrote in to ask for the instructions to make something (as seen on TV) and then the page looked a bit empty so I added a load of blablabla about me and my cat and dog etc etc.

It turned into a 2 page letter and I was totally shock at getting a badge back from them (white with a blue ship).

I was proud of it but felt secretly guilty (over-riding emotion in my life!) because I felt a bit of a fraud and thought I didn't deserve it.

SirBoobAlot Thu 18-Oct-12 21:11:02

I announced the Smarties Book Prize gold award winner in 1996, live on air (it was Oops by Colin McNaughton). Our class got the day off school, think the filming was done at London Zoo. We all got goodie bags and those of us who announced the bronze / silver / gold got badges.

It was awesome grin

Still have my badge.

housesalehelp Thu 18-Oct-12 21:17:50

I got one - I LOVED Blue Peter - I wrote in to tell them Goldie - one of the dogs had the same birthday as me - I was a very sad child - I was delighted to get a badge back and still have it

slambang Thu 18-Oct-12 21:34:20

I got one for making a dog bed out of a cardboard box according to their instructions and writing a long letter to them about why it hadn't worked. confused

Got a lovely letter and badge back.

But my best Blue Peter moment was when John Noakes brought a lifesize Loch Ness monster to the block of flats next door to our school (why?!?!) and we were allowed out of school to watch. I was a little bit in love with John Noakes.

DevaDiva Thu 18-Oct-12 22:31:57

I got one for entering the 'Karens clothes' competition. I designed a very fetching fuschia skirt suit with wide brimmed hat and stilettos for Karen Keating, I was made up still am grin

TinyDiamond Thu 18-Oct-12 22:32:45

I got one when I was 7. But I lost it :-(
I was so proud. I had to draw a picture of what I thought I'd look like and what I'd be doing in 30 years time. Only almost 20 years have passed currently but if I have the same hair style as I do now then I got it spot on! I don't live in new York yet surrounded by floor to ceiling bookshelves but there is still time I suppose.

My badge was a small White plastic round pin badge with the blue ship on. I never wore it, I wasn't allowed sad my mum kept it with the letter in a safe place. So safe I didn't ever see it again after about the age of 10 or so

Devora Thu 18-Oct-12 22:48:38

I had (still have!) a blue and a silver Blue Peter badge. I am 48.

I got the first one for writing and telling them how to make pompoms out of wool and cardboard doughnut rings (like they wouldn't have known, like it wasn't a staple of their sticky backed plastic drawer).

I got the silver badge for writing and telling them about my cat. I'm sure they were fascinated.

I got a bit cocky at this stage, thought this was a piece of piss. So I tried for the gold badge by writing again and telling them about something so awe-inspiring that I have completely forgotten what it was. Ignoring all evidence that you have to do something impressive (like pluck a dying puppy from the seething sea, or raise zillions of pounds for the Blue Peter appeal by picking old bottle tops out of the gutter).

I also wrote to Edward Heath to tell him off for how my mum's chicken shrivelled in the oven hmm. I was that kind of child.

fossil97 Thu 18-Oct-12 22:55:02

I've got one, just a little round pin-badge, for getting my Goldie Limerick published in the book. I can still remember it too... I think I've got the badge tucked away with my Brownie badges.

fossil97 Thu 18-Oct-12 22:56:13

<skims thread>

That would be the same competition as LadyWellian grin

I have one! I wrote them a letter all about New Zealand, when we lived there for a year, back when I was 10, in 1988.

I can still remember how proud I was to use it to get into the Natural History Museum.

Kethryveris Thu 18-Oct-12 23:06:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Solo Thu 18-Oct-12 23:51:47

One of my friends was wearing hers on a ferry crossing once and was asked what she'd done to get it by someone onboard. 'I slept with the cameraman' she answered! which was entirely true as her man was a cameraman smile

crumpet Fri 19-Oct-12 00:25:46

Do BP reissue lost badges? Mine has gone in a house move <not quite forgiven my parents>.

Got mine as a runner up in a competition to write a storyline for an episode of Grange Hill. Not sure I can remember my entry other than that it centred on Cathy and Trish. I do remember that the prize allowed the winner to appear in the episode in question - the winner's involved a school disco (not as good as my idea I recall thinking).

Also remember being slightly disappointed that it was a round badge rather than shield shaped. Ungrateful, moi?

crumpet Fri 19-Oct-12 00:39:50

OMG and here is the winning episode! www.grangehillfans.co.uk/closeup/christmas.php

ripsishere Fri 19-Oct-12 05:32:26

I had one. I didn't earn it, I unpinned it from a school mates jacket blush.
It would have been around 1975. Sorry Riccky.

RubyCreakingGates Fri 19-Oct-12 07:30:12

For all of you (like me) who have mislaid your treasure:
www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l2736&_nkw=blue+peter+badge

Enigmosaurus Fri 19-Oct-12 07:52:49

I got a white shield with a blue ship on. I think it was for sending in name suggestions for the dog who was eventually named Bonnie but my memory is very hazy. It might have been the cats who became Kari and Oke actually. I also got autographs from Mark Curry and Yvette Fielding, possibly John Leslie as well but that may have been separately.

I got my badge (white shield with blue ship) in the early 80's for writing in and suggesting that my dog could marry Goldie the BP dog. I remember the letter from Biddy Baxter, full of places I could get in to for free which we never went to.
I am very ashamed that I have lost my BP badge somewhere in the black hole that is my parents house.

FluffyFish Fri 19-Oct-12 08:52:20

I did. We wrote asking the presenters to come on a day trip with us as sometimes they did trips with a family and made a film about it. Can't remember which presenters but Simon Groom was definitely one. They wrote back and said no but have a badge each.

We must have written lots of times as I also have a cloth badge and a few signed pics.

FluffyFish Fri 19-Oct-12 08:56:13

Should say it's White shield with blue ship and I still have it!

LadyofWinterfell Fri 19-Oct-12 10:45:37

I have a White shield and Blue ship one. I got it because my Dad was on the show while i was in hospital, and they gave him something to cheer me up! I also have a signed photo of Mark Curry, Caron Keating, and Yvette Fielding.

Wigeon Fri 19-Oct-12 12:57:55

Following my post upthread, I have now found my green badge! grin. It's a proper shield-shaped one. I must have had it for <counts on fingers> about 23 years.

merlinalexander Sat 16-Feb-13 11:09:10

Hello I do still have my White shield with blue ship, Blue Peter badge given to me in the 60s, I wrote a letter to tell Blue Peter that I had a dog called Pim who had sliver gray fur and skin that was blue. Biddy Baxter, wrote back and sent me two badges one for me and one for my bother, sadly my bother is now no longer with us and the letter is long gone, however my badge is pined to my Teddy Bear sitting on a chair in my bedroom, The Teddy bear I have had since birth next year I am to be 60

Solars Wed 20-Feb-13 21:38:08

I've got a Blue Peter badge. It's a white shield with a blue ship. I appeared on the show with my school in the 80's. We made these large puppets re-enacting the Hindu story of the Ramayan. The badge was 'almost' stolen. My badge used to be stuck on my bedroom wall for many years and when my parents added an new extension to the house one of the workers took it. Luckily I noticed it was missing from the wall and my dad had a word with the manager and the worker gave it back. It's in a much safer place now smile

MrHoooyah Sat 09-Nov-13 13:53:55

I won the Competition Winners white round badge in the late 60s early 70s. No need to say I have lost it since. I contacted the office and they told me there was nothing they could do as there records didn't go back that far.
Yet I remember there being a tour around the office in one episode, that showed a huge cabinet with cards in it showing every badge winner since the series started.

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