Saffron Walden mayor’s reaction to news of Blue Peter’s arrival

PUBLISHED: 11:53 24 May 2012 | UPDATED: 12:02 24 May 2012

Blue Peter presenters Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood are coming to town.

Blue Peter presenters Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood are coming to town.

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“IT will probably be the biggest gathering of people in Saffron Walden for many, many years.” Those were the words of the town’s new mayor as he reflected on the exciting news of Blue Peter’s impending arrival for this summer’s Olympic celebrations.

Up to 25,000 people are expected to descend on Saffron Walden for what could be the biggest event in the town’s history.

Revellers from far and wide will to flock to the Common to see a live broadcast of the BBC’s iconic Blue Peter show beamed out across the nation to mark the once-in-a-lifetime arrival of the Olympic Flame on July 7.

As exclusively revealed by the Reporter last week, the town has been chosen as one of nine locations in the UK – and the only one in the east and south east of England – to appear on Blue Peter’s Big Olympic Tour.

New mayor David Watson told the Reporter that being in the national spotlight would provide a tremendous opportunity to bring Saffron Walden to the fore.

“In terms of the number of people expected, particularly because the Olympic Torch relay is coming through the town on the same day, it will probably be the biggest gathering of people in Saffron Walden for many, many years,” he said.

“I hope everybody turns out and makes the most of what is sure to be an extremely enjoyable occasion and a proud moment for the town.”

Gaynor Bradley, community partnerships manager at Uttlesford District Council, has been instrumental in organising the momentous event.

She said the council expected it to draw big crowds and was confident it would “put Saffron Walden on the map”.

“Most people have grown up with Blue Peter and have a soft spot for it because it is something they have always known, so I’m sure the day will be very popular,” she added.

The free event, which is aimed at children aged between 6 and 12 and their families, will run from 10am to 4pm and will be hosted by presenters Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood.

There will also be a special celebrity guest attending, although BBC officials are remaining tight-lipped about who it is.

For more information about the day, check out our interview with presenter Helen Skelton on this website.


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