Tyne & Wear

Blue Peter set bought by Sunderland University

Blue Peter set
Image caption The old Blue Peter set was bought for £2,400

It was seen by millions of youngsters every week, but now the familiar set of the BBC's Blue Peter is to be used to train media students on Wearside.

Sunderland University bought the set which was used before the BBC moved the children's TV show from London to new studios in Salford in 2011.

It is due to be installed at the university's St Peters riverside campus for use by media production students.

First shown in 1958, Blue Peter recently recruited its 36th presenter.

The university paid £2,400 for the set when it was included in an online auction of memorabilia from Television Centre in London, which has now been sold by the BBC.

Famous names

Dean of design and media at the university, Graeme Thompson, said: "I am delighted we're able to house such a distinctive and flexible set. It will create a unique and attractive production space for our students.

"We already get a lot of visitors to our media centre because of our investment in media and our strong links with producers and broadcasters.

"I predict the arrival of the Blue Peter set will attract even more visits."

Lindsey Russell was recently unveiled as the latest Blue Peter presenter.

The 22-year-old, from Oxford, joins a long list of famous names who have presented the world's longest-running children's TV programme, which is now shown on the digital CBBC channel.

They include Valerie Singleton, John Noakes, Anthea Turner, Richard Bacon, Matt Baker, Gethin Jones and Helen Skelton.

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