Stone Probus MysteryTrip

Stone Probus members, in the Blue Peter Studio, many of whom still watch the programme with their grandchildren. Ain’t life grand!
Stone Probus members, in the Blue Peter Studio, many of whom still watch the programme with their grandchildren. Ain’t life grand!

On December 9th, members of Stone PROBUS Club set off by coach to an unknown destination. After many and sometimes amusing suggestions the coach finally arrived at Salford Quays on a very mild and fine December day. Members enjoyed visits to the Imperial War Museum, the Lowry Outlet Mall, the Lowry Gallery and, considered a highlight of the day, a tour of the BBC studios at MediaCityUK. On the BBC tour members were shown a variety of studios including Blue Peter, Match of the Day and a general-purpose studio of some 10,000 square feet that is used for the recording of many popular TV shows.

John Olsen and Chris Ward being briefed on the “news” and Gill Pointon presenting the “weather”.
John Olsen and Chris Ward being briefed on the “news” and Gill Pointon presenting the “weather”.

Members managed to glimpse a leg of the Mastermind chair but sadly not of a Strictly Come Dancing participant, although many dresses of past participants were on display later in the tour. At the finale of the tour members were invited to participate in a mock reading of the news and weather from the well-known “BBC Breakfast red sofa” and also take part in a version of “A Question of Sport.” They also managed a glimpse of the Blue Peter, the longest-running children’s programme in the world, was first broadcast – for 15 minutes – on 16 October 1958.