Ed Sheeran designs Blue Peter’s first ever music badge to launch on BBC Music Day

The singer-songwriter hopes that the colourful badge will help "inspire" more children to get into music

Ed Sheeran (Getty, EH)

Ed Sheeran has designed a special music-themed badge for children’s show Blue Peter to help mark BBC Music Day and “inspire” future generations of musicians.

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The award-winning singer-songwriter, who was gifted a gold Blue Peter badge last year, said he was “made up” to design the badge.

“Music was really important to me growing up and I hope this badge will inspire more kids to get into it,” he said in a statement.

Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell tweeted the news before chatting live to Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball on Tuesday morning.

The badge (the first of its kind) is multi-coloured and features illustrated musical notes, a keyboard and a microphone — in addition, of course, to the iconic Blue Peter ship — and will be launched live during a special edition show on Thursday, featuring former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney.

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This is the fifth year of BBC Music Day, and in keeping with this year’s emphasis on musical memories and well-being, young Blue Peter fans will need to collaborate with older relatives or a teacher in order to win a badge.