Here at Jammy Toast, we were all very saddened this morning to learn of the death of former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes. John, who hosted the show in the 1960s and 1970s, was aged 83. He was the BBC children’s show’s longest-serving presenter, appearing for more than 12 years, and was often seen with his dog Shep by his side. A family statement said he had “endured and suffered from” Alzheimer’s disease. “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.