Blue Peter girl gets stung in bee stunt
BLUE Peter presenter Helen Skelton was buzzed by several hundred adoring fans when she visited Quince Honey Farm at South Molton. Helen and the Blue Peter film crew were at the attraction to record an educational feature for the programme, to be broadca
BLUE Peter presenter Helen Skelton was buzzed by several hundred adoring "fans" when she visited Quince Honey Farm at South Molton.
Helen and the Blue Peter film crew were at the attraction to record an educational feature for the programme, to be broadcast on BBC 1 next Tuesday at 4.35pm. Its highlight will be the have-a-go presenter wearing a "beard of bees."
The show will draw attention to the plight of the honey bee, whose numbers have been mysteriously declining around the world and promote the Be Good to Bees project currently being run by Blue Peter.
With good humour and more than a little courage Helen, stood still as Honey Farm owner Paddy Wallace and son Ian encouraged the swarm to settle on her face.
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The bees were not particularly enthusiastic but bit by bit the "beard" formed around the queen bee, inside a small wire cage tied to Helen's chin.
Unfortunately, before the full beard had quite formed, she was stung and then two or three more times as Paddy and Ian swiftly dispersed the bees.
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Apparently, when one stings, the rest pick up on the alarm and more are likely to follow.
But throughout, she remained calm and more or less smiling, as South Molton St John Ambulance members Maria Woolacott and Marilyn Clark, on hand all afternoon, efficiently administered treatment.
"It was quite bizarre," she told the Gazette afterwards.
"It and it was like having lots of little things nibbling away at you; it was more ticklish than scary.
"Our Be Good to Bees project is asking children to write in for free packs to encourage bees for their garden and it's been quite popular. It proves there's real enthusiasm among kids for it."
Paddy Wallace was impressed by Helen's poise: "I thought she was an amazing girl," he said.
"I couldn't believe what a good job she did. And after she was stung she was not at all phased by it - I think the Blue Peter tradition has really been upheld.