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Childs’ play: Zoe Salmon during her early days as a presenter on BBC’s Blue Peter

Childs’ play: Zoe Salmon during her early days as a presenter on BBC’s Blue Peter

Summer 1994: Anne Dunlop

Summer 1994: Anne Dunlop

Summer 1987: Paula McIntyre

Summer 1987: Paula McIntyre

Summer 1964: Gordon Burns

Summer 1964: Gordon Burns

Stuart Robinson as Mary Johnston’s programme assistant

Stuart Robinson as Mary Johnston’s programme assistant

Anthony Miller on graduation day with friend Rhiannon Frost

Anthony Miller on graduation day with friend Rhiannon Frost

Mary Rose McGrath and son Christopher

Mary Rose McGrath and son Christopher

Louise Kennedy as a young girl with her mother

Louise Kennedy as a young girl with her mother

Fond memory: Noel Thompson and future wife Sharon in Greece

Fond memory: Noel Thompson and future wife Sharon in Greece

Childs’ play: Zoe Salmon during her early days as a presenter on BBC’s Blue Peter

From the birth of a child to securing a dream job, eight well-known NI people tell Linda Stewart about the memorable events that shaped their future.

Zoe Salmon: ‘I became a Blue Peter presenter’

TV presenter Zoe Salmon, from Bangor, who is married to Will Corrie and lives in Co Down, says:

“In summer 2004 I graduated as a lawyer from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen’s University. I saw an ad in the Belfast Telegraph for a TV presenter, applied and was invited to audition at the incredible BBC in London to be the next Blue Peter presenter.