Thousands of people celebrated 30 years of children’s TV on Blackpool’s Festival Headland.
Stars of CBBC appeared on a special Saturday Shout Out show from the resort to mark the anniversary in front of a live audience.
An online ballot for 10,000 free tickets generated huge interest and entertainment from the channel’s gig names was interspersed with live links from the Promenade for the channel.
Blackpool’s own Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood compered the event, between live links broadcast to the nation by Shout Out hosts Chris Johnson and Shannon Flynn – and crazy critters Hacker and Dodge T Dog, hosting fun and games.
The show took place the morning after the Illuminations Switch-On concert iFest, also at the headland, headlined by popstars The Vamps on the Friday night.
Peter Salmon, who recently changed roles from head of BBC England to director of BBC Studios, said: “Can you believe it’s been 30 years since Phil Scofield was in the broom cupboard?
“We wanted to celebrate by doing a bit of a spectacular, and there’s no where more so that Blackpool, in September, on the weekend the Illuminations are switched on.”
Those attending were treated to an exclusive Northern screening of the first full episode of the new Dangermouse – Attack Of The Toilets, ahead of its TV launch later in the year.
The show took place ahead of the actual 30th anniversary, on Wednesday, September 9, featuring past CBBC presenters, going back to the days of the ‘Broom Cupboard’ with Philip Schofield and Gordon the Gopher, Andi Peters and Edd the Duck, as well as Blackpool-born presenter Zoe Ball.
Zoe, who presented on CBBC from 1993 to 1995, said: “Thirty years is a fantastic achievement. Happy birthday Children’s BBC. It’s such a joy to have been part of. Happy days!”