John Noakes Dies Aged 83

For those of us of a certain age a little part of our childhood died today. For over 12 years John Noakes had been a presenter on Blue Peter but for many of us he WAS Blue Peter.

He was your crazy uncle, along with his faithful dog Shep, who did zany things for you. Dangerous stunts, climbing Nelson’s Column and jumping from all manner of things including planes.

There was much more to this wonderful man but he is etched on the memory at a time when they stick to us forever. He will forever say, “Get down Shep!” and present Blue Peter with Peter Purves and Valerie Singleton.

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And then there was that elephant. Yes, that elephant. Of those who saw it, who could ever forget it?

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