Paul McCartney to receive gold Blue Peter badge: ‘I’ve made it’

Sir Paul McCartney helped to revolutionise pop music with The Beatles, with his band Wings and as a solo artist, selling over 700 million albums in the process… but it has taken a Blue Peter award for him to finally declare he’s “made it”.

The 76 year-old icon will appear on CBBC at 5.30pm to receive the prestigious Gold Badge on Blue Peter this Thursday, 7 February. 

Only a few Gold Blue Peter Badges are awarded every year. Other eminent names to have received the award include The Queen, Sir David Attenborough, Steven Spielberg, JK Rowling and Madonna.

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Asked what advice he could offer to aspiring singers and songwriters, the former Beatle responded: “There is no formula.  I know how to write one of my songs but I can’t say ‘you do it that way’, because it’s a very personal thing. So the advice really is to just do whatever it is you’re doing… a lot.”

Blue Peter recently passed its 60th anniversary by launching the Gold Badge Walk in Salford, to celebrate the influential figures who have received the honour.

“That is beautiful, that’s a great badge,” McCartney said. “I will wear it with pride.”

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