Stanhope to restore Blue Peter mural

blue-peter-mural-with-presenters-432_tcm21-195530A mural dedicated to Blue Peter is to be restored as part of the £200m re-development of Television Centre in White City.

The children’s TV programme was filmed at the former BBC Television Centre for more than 50 years before moving to Salford’s Media City in 2011.

The Blue Peter mural depicts former pets and presenters from the show, past to present. Stanhope will restore the mural after it moves the wall within the garden area, and will be accessible to the public for the first time as it opens onto Hammersmith Park.

Emma Bayes, who won the Blue Peter competition to design the iconic wall for the Blue Peter garden in 2005, beat out more than 18,000 entrants to win at age 10.

Emma, now 20, of Essex, said: “I’m really pleased. It’s lovely to know that after all these years [the mural] is still going to be visible to the public and remind people of the history of Blue Peter.”

And former Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon, who starred on Blue Peter from 2004 to 2008, said: “I have many fond memories of Blue Peter. It holds a very special place in the hearts of all of us who worked on the programme and preserving this mural for future generations is fantastic.”

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