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Sir Paul McCartney adds gold Blue Peter badge to awards haul

Sir Paul McCartney with Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell and his gold badge

He’s one of the most successful musicians in pop history but Sir Paul McCartney now says he has finally “made it” after being given a gold Blue Peter badge.

The former Beatle can be seen getting the badge – the rarest award the programme gives – on Thursday’s Blue Peter on CBBC.

The musician was given the badge for inspiring generations of people.

McCartney said: “I will wear it with great pride”.

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Media captionThe singer has been honoured for his inspirational music career

Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell gave McCartney the award, just before he went on stage at the O2 arena in London.

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Russell asked the Beatles and Wings singer what advice he would give to young people who want to become musicians and songwriters.

McCartney said: “The only advice really is to do it… a lot.

“I have a song writing class and the first thing I say to them is ‘Look, I don’t really know how to do this’ and at first they kind of look at me, but when you think about it there is no formula.”

Only a few gold Blue Peter badges are awarded each year. They are the only badge the children’s programme – which began in 1958 – awards to adults.

Gold Blue Peter badges are given to people for outstanding achievements, like saving a life, or inspiring the nation.

The Queen, eight-time Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt and Harry Potter author JK Rowling all hold gold Blue Peter badges.

Sir Peter Jackson, who is directing a new Beatles documentary about the making of their final studio album, Let It Be, also received a gold badge last year.

Blue Peter’s editor, Ewan Vinnicombe, said: “Sir Paul McCartney has inspired generations of Blue Peter viewers to love music and be creative – a core value of Blue Peter.

“I’m thrilled that we have been able to honour the legend that is Sir Paul with our highest accolade – a gold badge.”

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