But one little known aspect of the programme is the extraordinary correspondence it generated almost from the day that John Noakes, Valerie Singleton and co. first went on air. By the late 1980s, Blue Peter was receiving an average of 7,000 letters per week.
I couldn’t believe my ears this morning - my mum said come down stairs Wendy – there’s a letter for you - I couldn’t believe it had come from Blue Peter and I had won a badge! I took my letter to school to show to my teacher - Mr Herbert - he said “Not now Wendy” but when he saw it was from the BBC he said “Oh alright”. He read it once, he read it twice and then he read it again - then he said “My goodness” and took it to the Head Mistress Mrs Smith.
Mrs Smith read my letter to the whole of the school at Assembly – she said it was the first time anyone from school had had a letter from the BBC.
I'll never forget the day I won my badge!"
Wendy, aged 10