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Ed Sheeran is to be honoured with a gold Blue Peter badge as the show celebrates 60 years.

The world's longest-running children's television programme turns 60 today.

It started to introduce its coveted badges on 17 June 1963 and since then one million have been handed out.

Ed Sheeran

On today's special anniversary episode the Castle On The Hill singer, who grew up in Framlingham in Suffolk, will be presented with a gold edition, which is Blue Peter's highest award.

Other recipients of gold Blue Peter badges include HM The Queen, David Beckham, JK Rowling, and Torvill & Dean.

The special live episode is on at 17:00 on the CBBC channel and will be live-streamed on the BBC iPlayer. It will be repeated on BBC Two at a later date.

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