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

(110 Posts)
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>

mummymccar Thu 18-Oct-12 11:37:19

I do! Very proud of mine, although it has since disappeared during one of my many house moves.
It was a little white pin with the blue ship which I got for taking part in a Blue Peter sponsored cycle and then sending them the sponsorship money.
As I say, I was very proud of it and still am. It certainly inspired me to continue with charity work as a teenager. (I wish I could say I still do it but my fiesty 7 month old DD doesn't leave me with much spare time!)

BedHog Thu 18-Oct-12 11:39:26

No sad, I wrote in several times with recipes, pictures etc., but never received the elusive shield shaped badge.

Mind you, I wrote into Jim'll Fix It too - very glad I didn't get one of those badges.

Fairyjen Thu 18-Oct-12 11:44:43

I do I do!! Mine was also the white one. I got it from having a poem published in a book. I used it once to jump que and get in free at Madame tussauds! < looks around and whispers... If I give it dd will it get her in places free? >

GiraffesMum Thu 18-Oct-12 11:53:08

I do too!! I got a white round one for being a runner up in a competition to design the train of the future! I used it to get free entry to the Heights of Abraham. I still have it although I've just put it in a box in the loft to make more space in our cluttered house.

IAmSheWhoMustBeObeyed Thu 18-Oct-12 11:53:38

I got a small round white badge for getting somewhere in a drawing competition. I drew Rudolph Valentino. Took my badge into school all proud and excited to show my friends and afterwards one very nonchalantly announced that she had won one too. When asked why she hadn't brought it in she said that she hadn't thought it was that exciting and anyway she didn't want to show off.
Beatch!

BoyMeetsWorld Thu 18-Oct-12 11:57:51

Me me me!!! I was well proud grin I got it for designing a tshirt for Tim Henman & I loved it cos it got me cheapy access to fun places. But it's long been lost sad sad I thought mine was all metal though but maybe it was white with a blue ship & I'm just remembering wrong

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 18-Oct-12 11:59:25

KatMumsnet has just fessed up that she got one, too.

For being good at colouring in. Aw.

MrsAceRimmer Thu 18-Oct-12 12:00:31

I've got 2!! I can't remember why I got them or where they are (I will ask my mum). I have the white shield shaped one with a blue ship on it and a green shield shaped one, but I'm not sure what colour the ship is on it. I think I wrote a piece about endangered animals and sent it in for the green one. I will be back if my mum can remember smile

MrsAceRimmer Thu 18-Oct-12 12:05:34

Mum reckons I took photos of the Blue Peter steam engine and sent them in for the white badge <geeky> she is now going to look them out for me smile

Asmywhimsytakesme Thu 18-Oct-12 12:07:32

I was thrilled to be runner up in a lord mayors cake competition - iirc 1982.

I still have the badge in my treasure tin afaik in my parents' loft.

Asmywhimsytakesme Thu 18-Oct-12 12:08:19

It was red, rectangular and you pressed a little button and a blue Peter flag popped up.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 18-Oct-12 12:12:17

Asmywhimsytakesme

I was thrilled to be runner up in a lord mayors cake competition - iirc 1982.

I still have the badge in my treasure tin afaik in my parents' loft.

And do you still make great cakes now, Asmywhimsytakesme?

DeWe Thu 18-Oct-12 12:18:19

My girls both have them, but won't really count as they're 11 and 8.

Dd1 got one for writing a poem about a cat.

Dd2 wrote and told them about going to get a new prosthesis.

You need the card that goes with the badge to get in free now, because people were selling them on ebay. Mind you, dd1 got hers at 4yo so looks nothing like her photo now.

Asmywhimsytakesme Thu 18-Oct-12 12:18:51

Well no sadly grin

But luckily I only had to draw a cake not bake one (would have been "interesting" concoction doubtless).

Iirc I drew a fantastical tower type one but of course you will remember drawings couldn't be returned and in those days photocopiers were not abundant in the rural area we lived so I don't have a copy of it sad

stickyj Thu 18-Oct-12 12:29:51

I have one!! It's in my jewellery box. I got it for being very brave when I was five and broke my arm really badly in the playgroud. I think I might still have the letter I got too somewhere!

Nightwish Thu 18-Oct-12 12:30:26

I won one from an online competition, showing how young I am here!
I won an electric mouse type robot.
And obviously I didn't do anything fantastic, just entered in my details and my good luck won!
I am not sure where it is though or if I even still have it.

crkm Thu 18-Oct-12 12:37:15

I won a blue peter badge and some prizes for the 'winter wonderland' competition in 1984. My sister also won the same prizes for this competition. I still have the badge - and i think i still have one of the prizes - a puzzle where you have to get coloured balls into the right holes - it was a cardboard base with a picture of the BP presenters, with a plastic cover. I was so proud!!

Happiestinwellybobs Thu 18-Oct-12 12:46:35

Me too - a runner up in the Winter Wonderland competition. The prize was a ball puzzle with the presenters and animals on and a leather key ring. My badge arrived on the day of the school Christmas Party. I went home to get changed into my party dress (a velvet number if I remember correctly) and there was a brown parcel waiting for me at home! I was so excited!!!

RugBugs Thu 18-Oct-12 12:51:51

My Dad wrote in saying how he'd rescued a baby bird and he was sent one - can't say he's gone on to save birds, he had cats for 28 years!

He's 53 so I'm guessing he wrote in in the first few seasons (he was so he says out fetching coal up the hill at 8).

ouryve Thu 18-Oct-12 12:59:32

I never managed to get one.

I did win a Mike Reed Tee Hee Mug, though grin

Jux Thu 18-Oct-12 13:04:29

No, I didn't!!!! My life has been blighted - blighted I tell you - by the injustice.

My bf got a gold one! Outrageous.

I know they thought my pic was far too good to have been done by a 6 yo and assumed my mum did it ....... grrrrrrr.

wink

Asmywhimsytakesme Thu 18-Oct-12 13:11:05

Happie i remember having a little black party dress with a white lace collar smile

TheDetective Thu 18-Oct-12 13:22:47

I got one for playing my cornet on the show!

Played with my brass band when I was 14, so about 14 years ago I think!

NumTum7 Thu 18-Oct-12 13:35:54

Green one here!! Got it for building a pond at school. Didn't know you could get in free to places with them??!? sad

MysteriousHamster Thu 18-Oct-12 13:36:44

I have two.

I wrote when I was about ten/11 about a school project, and a friend and I got a badge. I think I wrote about saving elephants and got a green badge.

My younger brother was jealous and kicked up a stink, so I wrote again - I think this one was about the Christmas wreathing service at my school's church and we both got white badges.

HOWEVER my memory is very hazy and I can't remember which story belong to either friend or brother. I should really just ask my brother if he'd had a green or a white badge.

I used to wear mine at school a lot but think I ended up getting a bit teased for it.

You could use it for free entry to loads of museums smile

I don't think I have them any more sad

No Blue Peter badge here but I did get my paining shown in "The Gallery" on Take Hart.

It was of some girls in Brownie uniform playing in the Forrest amongst woodland creatures hmm

I think they had to include it as my weekly offerings were starting to be accompanied by ever more desperate keen letters blush

snapespeare Thu 18-Oct-12 13:45:57

I received a white shield with a blue ship for writing and telling Lesley judd, Peter Purves, John Noakes (and Biddy Baxter!) about our bumper tomato crop. the following year I received a dark blue badge witha silver ship for thoughtfully updating the Blue Peter Team on our tomato growing endeavors. I lost the silver badge in a sand pit. devastated. sad I am still precocious wink but have always tried hard and everything and tend to think I cannot be defeated, possibly because of the badge.

As a slight aside, I grew up in a single parent family, didnt have any contact with my father and John Noakes & Peter Purves (and Doctor who!) were my male role models. I loved Blue Peter dearly, so thank you. smile

ShoeJunkie Thu 18-Oct-12 13:47:10

I got one! I was a runner up in a competition to design something (can't remember exactly) for Expo 92. It came with a letter of congratulations from the editor, Lewis Bronze, which was framed and displayed in my bedroom for years and a pen from Expo 92. I still have the badge and the pen, not sure about the letter though.

I was most excited that I could use the badge to get free entry to Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight - my favourite place on earth!

I also remember arranging a bring and buy sale to fundraise for something and the appeals that involved collecting cans and keys(?).

StellaMarie Thu 18-Oct-12 13:48:02

I won one for a picture I sent in following the Zebrugge ferry disaster (white badge with blue ship on it).

I was so excited when my daughter won one too for a poem she wrote.

Must dig them out of the 'treasures' box in the loft!

BigBroomstickBIWI Thu 18-Oct-12 13:51:35

Well I'm ancient, and I got one when I was very young. I wrote in about feeding the birds. They sent me a white one. No idea where it is now, some 40+ years later!

SamsGoldilocks Thu 18-Oct-12 14:12:03

Yes, I got one for offering to play with my sister on the show with our bottle blowing band. We could have made a fortune, if only we'd been given the chance to be on a show. Sadly put musical careers never took off on that way.

But maybe we got it because I also wrote to say my dentist, who was also Sarah Green's dentist fancied her. I'm not sure of anything ever happened between her and uncle Johnny but you never know.....

My sister used to religiously make something every night, inspired by blue peter's creativity. You can never look at a matchbox, loo roll or washing up liquid bottle in the same way after years of blue peter.

PoohBearsHole Thu 18-Oct-12 14:24:19

I got one (proud) and I was on it! Blue Peter that is, not the badge. But will so out myself if I tell you!

PoohBearsHole Thu 18-Oct-12 14:30:27

Iirc, it was the Sarah Greene years, was so excited to be on the show as I wasn't one of that many to be on that particular show and I answered a question, was about 7 or 8 I think. We had it on VHS, until my bro recorded or someone else recorded over it, now I come to think of a neighbour videoed it as we didn't have a video at the time grin

StillIRise Thu 18-Oct-12 14:35:04

I didn't but my sister did. I'll point her in this direction.

MooncupMishap Thu 18-Oct-12 14:50:47

I had a green shield-shaped one - I was sooo proud. We got ours for taking part in a recycling project at school and then writing about it. I went to loads of museums etc using it for entry that oerhaps we wouldn't have gone to for financial reasons. It got left in the hotel where we stayed in Portsmouth when we went to visit all the ships and I was devastated. I hid it in the fridge for "safe-keeping" and forgot to take it out again sad. We rang and asked but it was never found hmm grin

PoohBearsHole Thu 18-Oct-12 14:58:40

I am going to stamp my foot that no one is even vaguely curious about my BP experience grin <stomps to do the school run>

moggle Thu 18-Oct-12 15:27:29

I got a white one for sending in a recipe, a green one for writing about how we made a wildlife corner in our garden, and finally a silver one for writing about what it was like to live in the USA. Always dreamed of getting a gold one but unfortunately no one every fell in a pond or had a heart attack in front of me so I could save them, and am not good enough at anything to represent the country!
I loved Blue Peter when I was younger. I have an almost- complete collection of BP annuals and had a massive crush on Tim Vincent when I was in my early teens (cringe)!! When we moved to the US I was just 10 and got my cousin to video all the episodes for me, I missed it so much!

cocolepew Thu 18-Oct-12 15:31:30

How come some people got two and I couldn't manage one envy?

They give them away like sweeties now .

I got one for writing and telling them that they grew runner beans up teepees not wigwams. I was 8 I think and we were learning about native indians at the time.

FaintingGoat Thu 18-Oct-12 15:45:15

My brothers and I got one each when we wrote to them to tell them how utterly tedious thrilling some museum or other was, after they had featured it, and our mum thought it looked interesting. They were the original blue ship on white background, none of those fancy gold ones back then!

UpYaKilt Thu 18-Oct-12 15:45:49

I got one for going on the best school trip ever! We had managed to persuade our cdt teacher to take us to chessington to 'study the structure of the rides' (!) and bp were filming something about 60s fashion that day. Got to dress up in a particularly lovely monochrome number and go round and round the runaway train screaming like idiots! Whilst carefully taking note of the fine engineering of course...

No and I organised a Blue Peter Bring and Buy sale and everything! angrysad not at all bitter

CelineMcBean Thu 18-Oct-12 15:53:10

No. And I collected shed loads of bottle tops and even organised a bring and buy sale.

The bastards angry

CelineMcBean Thu 18-Oct-12 15:53:59

X-posted. I feel your pain maybe.

Parisbanana Thu 18-Oct-12 15:55:41

I got one for being a runner up in a competition to design a new logo for the NSPCC. I still have it, and a letter signed by Simon Groom, Tina Heath and Chris Wenner, and a very old perished green NSPCC balloon which was in the envelope and is now stuck firmly to the letter. It would've been around the late 1970s (no doubt will say on the letter which is upstairs in my treasure box grin)
I was always really proud of it, mostly because my older sister never won one, probably the first time I ever achieved something she didn't! Can you tell we were rather competitive?!

Parisbanana Thu 18-Oct-12 15:57:25

And yes, it is much easier to get them these days cocolepew.... My nephew got one for writing them a letter hmmgrin

MrsHoarder Thu 18-Oct-12 16:00:45

I got one! A standard one after I wrote a letter about dropping my mum's breakfast on the bed on mothering Sunday.

Remember using it when we went to Joderel Bank.

Fortunately I haven't dropped a meal on bed since.

MrsHoarder Thu 18-Oct-12 16:02:25

And it wasn't easy to get one by writting a letter (in the mid-90s): I sent 3 or 4 before I got the badge.

BlueSuedeWitchesHat Thu 18-Oct-12 16:08:03

I've got a white shield shaped one. I was about 5 or 6 so it must have been very early 90s.

They were filming in Crystal Palace park and when I was them I whispered "look Mummy, they're making telly. Shhhh" and made my mum creep past behind the camera. The producer (I assume that's what she was) turned round and gave me a big thumbs up and a beaming smile and a badge! I guess they'd had a lot of interruptions that day!

Yep, I'm proud grin

moggle Thu 18-Oct-12 16:23:36

Ooh I must have got lucky: three letters, three badges. Must have been between 1987 and 1991. Perhaps it was my outstanding penmanship...

LadyWellian Thu 18-Oct-12 16:28:00

I've got a little round white one with a blue ship that says 'Blue Peter Competition Winner' round it. I got it for writing a limerick some time in the late 1970s. I can't remember how it went, except the first line probably had 'Blue Peter' in it as I seem to remember the last line being something about a cat ending up under the heater. I also got a signed photo of Simon Groom and Goldie. I never used it to get in anywhere as I was never quite sure it was the right kind to get you into places, and I couldn't have dealt with the humiliation if it wasn't. grin

DH has a blue shield-shaped one with a silver ship that he got for writing in (in the late 1960s) saying he and his sister had probably the youngest pop band in the world (though I don't think it involved any actual instruments) and could they come on the show (no). I had no idea it was so easy to get one of the shield-shaped ones - I always assumed they were for real feats of specialness. envy

LottieJenkins Thu 18-Oct-12 16:31:30

I didnt get one but my dad did. Sadly i dont know what happened to it. In 1984 Dad did a charity gypsy caravan drive from Suffolk to Epsom via two London Breweries (who had drays) and The Royal Mews. The Gypsy Caravan and Horse (not Dad) appeared on BP with Janet Ellis and Simon Groome.

I didn't but my younger sister did. Her and her primary school class performed on the programme sometime in the early 80's (playing instruments and singing I think, might have been a Christmas thing?). She had a signed photo as well iirc, but I've no idea if she still has them!

reastie Thu 18-Oct-12 16:32:47

I have two [proud] . A white one and a green one. I got the green one for writing in to blue peter and giving them an idea to do on their program for homemade bird food. I actually can't remember how or why I got the white one blush , but I was very very proud of them OK, I still am . I remember getting into some tourist attractions discounted or free when I was younger with them (do they still get you in to places?). I've still got them grin

Takver Thu 18-Oct-12 16:39:09

I got one smile For writing a letter in to the programme - I think with a poem and picture complaining that there was no Blue Peter on when Wimbledon was running. I gave it away to my best friend who was moving away and then regretted it ever after grin

DD also has one - she was actually on the programme when we lived in a housing co-op and two of the children there were featured in the 'Being Me' segment (identical twins, hence why two of them). She was only about 5 at the time though so I don't think she appreciated the honour!

I also used to have a card from Playaway (? think that was the programme name, would have been early 70s) signed by all the toys - I wonder whether my parents still have it tucked away somewhere . . .

PoohBearsHole Thu 18-Oct-12 16:46:07

Taker I had one of those, yes play away with duh der derrrrr Jeremy Irons!!!

catsrus Thu 18-Oct-12 16:58:00

I got one - it must have been mid 60's - I entered a competition in the back of the BP annual - I got one every Christmas and remember it was a huge deal to tear out a page from it for the competition (no photocopiers in those days), Maybe they just gave a badge to everyone brave enough to desecrate their precious annual hmm.

I was very upset when Christopher Trace left and it took me a good while to get used to Peter Purves the interloper. I thought Valerie Singleton was totally wonderful and I wanted to be her - not because she was on TV but because she got to do such interesting things and was surrounded by animals smile. The BP pets really were surrogate pets for me, my mother didn't much like animals so I had to make do with a budgie and the odd newt which always escaped from the jar shock. I was devastated when Petra died sad. One day when offspring have all left home and no longer have a vote on these matters I will have a dog called Shep, just so I can say "down Shep" and smile at the memory of a totally out-of-control Shep and a desperate-looking John Noakes.

Am now smiling at the memory of him jumping out of a plane to do a Sky dive grin. Oh, and the infamous poo-ing elephant, and PP being very embarrassed when John got all soppy when PP was leaving the show - priceless!

I have never got over obsessively saving loo roll insides and plastic bottles just incase I need them to make something one day. Luckily I have a very artistic friend who does make wonderful things with them because my dds think my home made bird feeders make the garden look naff sad.

I had hoped the long lost badge would surface when my parent's house was cleared out - but no luck sad sad

LivingInAGoldBubble Thu 18-Oct-12 17:08:41

I got one in the late eighties, it was green with a white ship which I vaguely recall was an environmental badge. I sent them a story about a gnome who looked after animals, and some treats for the dog at the time. I loved my badge.

greenapples Thu 18-Oct-12 17:09:01

I got one for a drawing I did in the mystery objects competition. It was a round white one. I was quite disappointed really (I was only 10), I thought it would be shield shaped like the presenters wore.
On the plus side, Portsmouth Dockyard Museum were pleased that I got a badge from their mystery object... And sent a load of goodies too!
I used it for quite a few years to get in places like Wookey Hole.
Was there ever an age limit on it?

BillComptonstrousers Thu 18-Oct-12 17:49:00

My husband has one <so proud> he did a tandem bike ride from Oxford to Bristol with his dad for charity. I think his mum still has the episode on a VHS tape somewhere grin

StrangeGlue Thu 18-Oct-12 17:49:49

I had three blue peter badges! The normal one, the green one and the silver one. The silver one has gone missing but I still have the normal one and green one. The normal one was for a poem, the green one for a save the seals poster. I also have the letters they sent me, the booklet of places they got you into reduced and all in the envelop they sent them in (which is marked as "recycled paper')

StrangeGlue Thu 18-Oct-12 17:51:43

Mine are shield shaped greenapples they gipped you!

fluffywhitekittens Thu 18-Oct-12 18:17:49

Yes, I got one in must have been 1984 as I wrote in after seeing the Ethiopian famine on the news asking if BP would raise money for that year's appeal. I still have the letter and envelope somewhere. Sadly my oh so trendy habit of wearing many badges on my denim jacket in sixth form meant that the badge disappeared during the early 90s sad
I am still deeply traumatised that I lost it so if any of you Blue Peter lt are reading this could I possibly have a replacement? Pretty please.

LeeCoakley Thu 18-Oct-12 18:17:58

I got mine like catsrus. It was a competition in the BP Annual to find as many words as you could from 'Blue Peter'. Possibly they sent badges to everyone who entered but I told my friends that I'd won with the most words. Liar.

I never got one. I did once pretend I had one after a few gins to impress somebody at a party.

I had a poem read out on Tony Blackburn's 30 second theatre and won a load of radio 1 goodies.

Jellykat Thu 18-Oct-12 18:26:55

Yes, i won one when i was 7, for a 'design a dress for Val competition', unfortunately i lost it years ago sad- Well it was a looong time ago!..
but i do still have the accompanying letter from Biddy Baxter dated 1970 and did go on to do a degree in Fashion and Textiles many years later. smile

TheLazyGirl Thu 18-Oct-12 18:30:38

Yep I got a Green one, when John Leslie, Diane Louise Jordan and Yvette Fielding were the presenters (so around 1990?1991?) I got their autograph and a nice letter too. I think it was printed on the inside front cover of one of the annuals.

It was for a poem, I was at Primary School. It was called "Save the World"
I can remember how it went but it was disgracefully bad and embarrassing.

I know my Mum has my badge somewhere, and I did used to feel very impressive going to the front of Museums and getting in for nothing. The Science Museum even gave me a free programme.

Would love to take part!

KateF Thu 18-Oct-12 18:36:51

I never got one but dd2 has- for a drawing of Barney the dog and writing a letter about her dyslexia and her experience of bullying.

Bicnod Thu 18-Oct-12 18:58:34

I got two <preen> a normal one and a green one.

The normal one was for writing a letter about lambing when I was about 10 I think. I had gone up to the local farm during lambing season and helped deliver a lamb - an experience which I described in graphic detail (and I mean graphic - those poor researchers or whoever read the letters blush)

The green one was for setting up a club when I was about 8, imaginatively named 'The Green Gang'. The club was made up of me, the girl next door, my little sister (when she wasn't being annoying) and a couple of other kids up the road. Our mission was to save the world and we did this by producing a newsletter which my Dad photocopied at work, lucky Dad. Said newsletter was distributed to all the neighbours (lucky neighbours) and was basically preaching to them about the importance of being green (can't quite remember what being green consisted of at that point in my life, but I was very earnest about it).

I went on to work in the international development sector, continuing my quest to 'save the world'. My parents find it hilarious to remind me of the reams and reams of paper wasted as a direct result of my saving the world age 8. My Dad even mentioned 'The Green Gang' in his speech at my wedding - don't think he mentioned the Blue Peter badge though.

CaseyShraeger Thu 18-Oct-12 19:20:08

Like GiraffesMum I got a runners-up badge for the Train of the Future competition. It was going to be the last competition I was eligible to enter so I went all-out in my attempts to finally secure a badge.

sillymillyb Thu 18-Oct-12 19:35:38

I have one too! The white one with a blue ship on.

I seem to recall writing a letter in about my parents fostering and my role as goody two shoes welcomer to the children, and how I tried to make them feel at home etc.

My mum still fosters, maybe I should write in again and see if I can get another one?!

RubyCreakingGates Thu 18-Oct-12 19:52:28

I had a round blue and white one, from the early 70's. I think I had a recipe published in their cookbook competition.

I got one! The white shield-shaped one with the blue ship on it. They got four labrador puppies and named them Val, John & Peter and had a competition to name the fourth one. My mum I came up with 'Biddy' because Biddy Baxter was the producer and it won!

But I think there were probably about 93 million people who suggested 'Biddy' and got badges. But my mates didn't know that! Not sure of the year, but maybe about 1975 or a bit before.

Wigeon Thu 18-Oct-12 20:11:53

I did too! I'm sure I've still got it somewhere too. It was a green one, because my class at school wrote poems about recycling and sent them in. I think we all got a badge. I was very pleased and still am. I can still remember roughly what the poem looked like - I did an ever-so-original design round the edge with the letters R E C Y C L E in a circle with arrows between the letters. I seem to remember you got discounts off entry to places like London Zoo with it.

I remember my teacher was Mrs Bridgeman, I was about 9 or 10, so this was about 1988 / 89, in the days of Mark Curry, Caron Keating and Yvette Fielding.

Looking at this list of all Blue Peter presenters it seems that Mark Curry stood down as a presenter on my tenth birthday!

I used to watch it every week, after Newsround with John Craven. I liked the garden, and the pets, and the making-things, and the performances of dance / singing etc, and the daring deeds they did (like jump out of an aeroplane), and the Blue Peter appeals with the totaliser, and the bring and buy sales, and the campaigns about things like acid rain and CFCs and the ozone layer (what happened to acid rain?!).

According to Wikipedia, they only introduced the green badge in Nov 1988, so I must have got mine in the first few months.

<wanders off to find her green badge>

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

me and my mate got one of their Green BP badges for environmental wotsits.. but i cannot for the life of me remember what we did to get them, lol.

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:
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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.

Quangle Sat 09-Nov-13 14:00:39

I have the round, white competition winner badge. Not the coveted shield one envy. I won it for writing a limerick about Goldie the dog. Can't remember the limerick but I think it probably had something to do with dog poo grin

I absolutely loved BP - to the point of feeling bereft when they went off on their Summer Expedition. Why isn't Biddy Baxter a dame? I saw her in the street a few years ago and really wanted to go and tell her what BP meant to me but didn't because it felt silly.

wol1968 Wed 13-Nov-13 11:58:53

I got one! A white shield with a blue ship on it. It has since been thrown away, about 20+ years ago. I wrote a story about witches one Halloween, during the autumn half-term of '78 or '79 I think. I was told that my story had actually been read out but I'd missed that episode 'cos I was staying with my GPs who were too flippin' mean (and in GF's case, intellectually snobbish) to have a telly that actually worked properly. angry Oh well.

I wrote them a letter telling them about New Zealand (where I was living for a year, aged 10). And they sent me a badge! grin
I remember using it to visit the Natural History Museum for free (before it was made free entry for all). I was so proud.

My sister wore a 'save the rainforests' winning fancy dress outfit at a local carnival and sent them a picture, and she got a green Blue Peter badge.

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Wed 13-Nov-13 12:18:03

I have a normal one (white shield with blue ship) which I was sent in the mid eighties for sending in instructions on how to make a pen tidy out of old crap useful household items blush - it now lives on my apron so I don't lose it.

My little sister was very jealous so kept writing until she was sent a green one, which I always told her was vastly inferior. I wasn't a very nice older sister...

snugglesnook Wed 13-Nov-13 12:23:58

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fossil971 Wed 13-Nov-13 12:27:36

I've got the little round "competition winner" badge. It was for my Goldie limerick, I can remember it but I'll spare you...

fossil971 Wed 13-Nov-13 12:28:30

<waves at Quangle> I think I still have the book!

mypussyiscalledCaramel Wed 13-Nov-13 12:31:19

I got a blue peter shield when I was 8 for pointing out to them that they grew their beans up a teepee not a wigwam ( I was learning about native indians at school). I also got a green and a blue competition badge.

fossil971 Wed 13-Nov-13 12:48:24

Old thread!

Quangle Wed 13-Nov-13 14:34:36

oh didn't realise this was old...goes to show I'm getting on myself - rambling on long after everyone else has moved on to another topic grin

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