A 58-year-old mum from Southend On Sea has sensationally revealed that her son’s papier mâché model of Tracy Island is still not dry – this is in spite of the fact that it has been sitting in her airing cupboard since he ‘finished’ it in 1993 after watching an expert demonstration on Blue Peter.

Penelope Anderson told our Chief Reporter that her son David was ‘devastated’ when she finally threw it in the rubbish this morning.

She added: ‘I have been thinking about getting rid of it for a while as David moved out in 2006, and when I took one final look this morning I decided that if it hasn’t dried after 23 years in an ambient, low-moisture environment, it probably never will.’

‘When I think about all of the loads of washing that had to go out on the line because of that pulp-laden monstrosity, it makes my skin crawl. He only really got as far as the basic shape of Tracy Island – it could have just as easily been used as a mini Tellytubby land.’

David father Paul admitted that he wasn’t much help when he sat with him on the day that the episode was broadcast in 1993 – he also told us that his relationship with his son has ‘never quite been the same’ after the arts and crafts disaster resulted in the breakdown of his marriage.

He said: ‘The model on the TV looked absolutely perfect, and in hindsight perhaps I should have just taken him outside for a game of catch – I was pretty useless throughout the whole sorry experience. I remember just sitting there for a good ten or fifteen minutes thinking about what I wouldn’t do sexually to Anthea Turner, and it turned out that there pretty much wasn’t anything that I wouldn’t do sexually to Anthea Turner.’

‘I knew that my marriage was doomed when I started imagining that Bonnie the Golden Retriever could be involved as well.’

After a lengthy investigation, Southend News Network can exclusively reveal that there were more than 150 Blue Peter papier mâché Tracy Island models used in the filming of the show. According to one source, this extreme ‘trial and error’ method meant that they could edit the whole programme together to give the impression that Anthea Turner was ‘some sort of genius’ on the same level as Tony Hart or Rolf Ha Neil Buchanan.

He added: ‘Like most kids TV shows on the BBC in the early 1990’s, the budget for arts and crafts supplies was unlimited. The proof can be found in the Oxfordshire warehouse where all of the Tracy Islands can be found in a giant container next to Gordon the Gopher’s outfits and Otis the Aardvark’s spare snout.’