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Legendary Blue Peter host has passed away

Legendary Blue Peter host has passed away

Former Blue Peter presenters were among the first stars to pay tribute to show "legend" John Noakes who died peacefully in his sleep.

"He had endured and suffered from Alzheimer's over recent years and whilst he will be greatly missed by his wife, family and many friends his release from continuing ill health must be counted as a blessing", it said.

His feats for the show included climbing Nelson's Column on a wooden ladder without a safety harness, riding a bobsleigh and skydiving.

Noakes became a household name as the longest-serving host of Blue Peter.

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Noakes (right) with fellow Blue Peter presenters Peter Purves and Valerie Singleton.

John appeared on Blue Peter alongside co-presenters Christopher Trace, Valerie Singleton, Lesley Judd and Peter Purves.

Anthea Turner called the presenter a "Blue Peter favourite", and Zoe Salmon, who presented the show between 2004 and 2008, tweeted: "I am deeply saddened to hear about John Noakes, a Blue Peter legend who will live on in our hearts".

IT is paradoxical that John Noakes, television's original "action man", was actually terrified of cameras.

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Born in Shelf, near Halifax, Noakes began his early adult life training as an engine fitter for the RAF before deciding to become an actor.

She later posted: "John Noakes".

Katy Hill credited Noakes for her desire to present the children's show. I loved Blue Peter and especially John Noakes. He added: "We had so much fun together over the years".

In 2015, Noakes was found near his home in Majorca after going missing for more than eight hours.

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"When I left I was offered the part of Willy Mossop in Hobson's Choice at Oxford and three weeks of doing that gave me the equivalent satisfaction to 12 years of TV", he said. For, to all intents and purposes, the Yorkshireman was a natural whose sense of adventure on the BBC's iconic children's programme Blue Peter was emblematic of a more carefree era.


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