As Blue Peter celebrates its 60th birthday, we thought it would be fun to find out how many of you have their very own Blue Peter badge.Since the badges were introduced to the programme in 1963, decades later the show still inspires youngsters to send in more than 100,000 letters and pictures each year.Today, nearly 200,000 under 16s own at least one Blue Peter badge - and a number of our readers still have their childhood badges.Besides the original badge - a blue ship on a white background, designed by TV artist the late Tony Hart, there are now a variety of badges in different colours.Laura Hudson (29), who lives in Donington, said: “I have about seven badges! They are from when I was seven-years-old up to 14 or 15.“I have a few competition runner-up badges, several of the white shields with blue ships and a blue shield with a silver ship too for writing in to them on many occasions.“I was also a runner-up in one of their competitions the year they turned 40, and … [Read more...] about SPECIAL FEATURE: As Blue Peter turns 60, who still has a badge?
In the first of two features on the West End of Morecambe, reporter NICK LAKIN explores the possibility of an artistic and creative renaissance in one of the town’s most historic neighbourhoods... Turning, or more accurately, being practically swept off my feet by the “stout sea breeze” off Morecambe Prom and into Lancashire Street, I faced crumbling stone walls, boarded up shops, and silence.A side of Morecambe all too familiar after 10 years of austerity Britain and the longer term issues that coastal towns have faced for decades.At least, that was my first impression.Dunstan Low appears from the doorway of a building, smiling, clutching a coffee cup.Hitting the national headlines last year for successfully raffling off his country house in Melling in the Lune Valley, he’s recently, and bravely, opened an art gallery at the back of the Alhambra building in the West End.We step inside the building, where Dunstan explains how he came to find himself there. … [Read more...] about SPECIAL FEATURE: Can art help redesign the future for Morecambe’s West End?
Christopher Hope packs his bags and heads up to Liverpool for a special Labour Party conference edition of the podcast. Unsurprisingly, one question looms above all others on the conference floor: Will Labour back a second Brexit referendum? Never one to shy from a challenge, Hope lines up a stellar cast of Labour big-hitters to shed light on the issue - with comment from Sir Kier Starmer, shadow Brexit secretary; Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General of the CBI; Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON; the millionaire Labour donor John Mills; Professor Philip Cowley, author of The British General Election of 2017; and The Telegraph’s Political Editor, Gordon Rayner. Register or log in to view this and other Politics articles. It's free and easy to do. Join regular debates with our journalists by commenting on articles Sign up to exclusive newsletters that give you the inside track on Westminster and Brexit Register Log in … [Read more...] about Labour Party conference special, featuring Sir Keir Starmer MP
EastEnders scenes featuring the painful testimonies of parents who have lost children to knife crime are among the most heart-rending in the show's history. In a first for the soap, accounts from real people are interspersed with the fictional drama during the funeral of Shakil Kazemi, who was stabbed to death in the soap last month. Actress Bonnie Langford, who plays Shakil's devastated mother Carmel, said the storyline had been the toughest she'd ever tackled. And hearing the powerful and shocking accounts from those who had been bereaved in this way for real, had been invaluable in helping her and the other actors to get it right. “The interesting thing is that for a lot of these people it happened a long time ago, not just yesterday, this is an issue that’s always just bubbling under the surface of their lives, it’s something so massive that if it’s happened to someone they don’t want it to fade away, it’s always there,” she said. “We … [Read more...] about Harrowing EastEnders special featuring knife crime victims’ parents revealed
It’s easy to spot Long Sutton’s St Mary’s Church from the A17 by its significant spire - reported to be the tallest wooden spire in Europe.It was also the site of dramatic scenes in 2002 when the golden cockerel that sits atop the weather vane on the spire, was brought crashing down during a storm as Father Jonathan Sibley was conducting Sunday service.The weather vane was left precariously hanging from the spire. Luckily, no one was injured in the incident.Before it was restored and put back up, the cockerel was taken to nearby schools and children were invited to jump over it, and a time capsule was created.Once put back in its proper place, along with the new time capsule, and with the help of architects Buttress, the children could later say they had ‘jumped over the cockerel that sits on top of the church.’The incident is just one of the interesting stories and features that attracts visitors and worshippers from near and far.We want to keep the … [Read more...] about SPECIAL FEATURE: Maintaining Long Sutton’s church for future generations