CBBC to host 30th birthday bash in resort

Barney Harwood, Blackpool-born Blue Peter presenter
Barney Harwood, Blackpool-born Blue Peter presenter
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Stars of kids’ TV will be heading to Blackpool to celebrate 30 years of Children’s BBC.

The CBBC channel will broadcast its Saturday Shout Out show from the Festival Headland on Saturday, September 5, in front of a live audience.

An online ballot for 10,000 free tickets to the event opens this morning.

Blackpool’s own Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood will be comparing 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 on the Prom.

The show takes place the morning after the Illuminations Switch-On concert iFest, also at the Headland, headlined by popstars The Vamps on the Friday night. The Switch-On star is yet to be announced.

Entertainment will begin at 9am, with the first live link at 9.30am.

Peter Salmon, who was recently changed roles from head of BBC England to director of BBC Studios, said: “Can you believe it’s been 30 years of CBBC - since Philip 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.

“Kids are going to love it.”

Special CBBC guests are promised as well as games and challenges throughout the morning.

After the live broadcast, there will be 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.

Coun Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to provide the BBC with a venue for this fantastic family event.

“On the back of the free Friday night concert this is another opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy a free show in the iFest arena.

“This is gearing up to be the most action-packed Switch-On weekend we have ever had with something for everyone, from popstars to CBBC to comedians.

“I hope lots of people take advantage of the fantastic array of entertainment on offer over the weekend.”

The show will come ahead of the actual 30th anniversary, on Wednesday, September 9, featuring past CBBC presenters, going back to the days of the ‘BroomCupboard’ 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, says: “Thirty years is a fantastic achievement. Happy Birthday Children’s BBC - and long may it continue! It’s such a joy to have been part of. Happy days!”

Visit www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/cbbc_shout_out_5sept15 to apply for tickets.

Full details of the iFest Switch-On festival weekend can be seen online at www.visitblackpool.com/switchon.