Blue Peter badge fame for Morecambe schoolboy

Jacob and Alex Preston.
Jacob and Alex Preston.

A Morecambe schoolboy’s dreams came true after he got picked to appear on Blue Peter, gaining the show’s iconic badge in the process.

Jacob Preston, nine, was picked to be the voice of a main character in a story which was read out on the CBBC show.

The Heysham St Peter’s Primary School pupil read the voice of Sam the spaceman as part of the BBC’s 500 words competition.

The competition is designed to encourage more children into books and asks children, aged between five and 13 years old to submit a 500 word fictional story.

Jacob, who has a twin brother called Alex, was over the moon when he heard he would get to meet presenters, Barney Harwood, Simon Lowe and Marcus Knibbs.

Jacob said: “I didn’t really know until I got out of school and I was really excited that I was the only one that got picked!”

Mum Lisa said: “Blue Peter is one of those shows that you grow up with, so to see your child on there is great, and for them to get that Blue Peter badge it is like getting a gold medal.

“I’m not a pushy show business mum, we just take it in our stride really and they like doing it. Education is not just in the classroom.”