Last night’s edition of The Repair Shop left viewers bawling as emotional scenes were shown on the programme, including an elderly woman gushing over a restored possession of her late husband from World War Two.
In The Repair Shop, which airs on BBC One, furniture restorer Jay Blades and a team of workers spread joy by refurbishing beloved family heirlooms that come their way.
In the latest episode, Rose, from Essex, brought in a beautiful box that had belonged to her late husband Jim, which he brought to the UK when he was rescued from Europe as a child during the Second World War through the Kindertransport.
Rose was joined by her sister, Linda, when the box was unveiled to her by leather expert Suzie Fletcher, and couldn’t believe the results.
As Rose looked at the object, which appeared as good as new, she tearfully said, ‘I can’t believe it.’
After stroking the box’s lid, she was embraced by her sister, who said, ‘It’s lovely, isn’t it?’
Rose was in for an even greater surprise when they opened the box, gasping with shock as she inspected its new lining.
‘Oh I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it. I’ve never seen it look like that,’ she stated.
Touching the box, she told Suzie: ‘It’s Jim. Yes. While I’ve got that I’ve always got Jim.’
Later on in the show, a woman called Chantal was amazed when she took a look at the Italian chair of hers that had been restored.
Both of her parents died last year, with the chair belonging to her late mother.
‘The chair’s a really nice, fitting tribute to my mother and my father, so I’ll just think of both of them when I’m sat in the chair as well, I just love it!’
Several people who tuned in to watch The Repair Shop revealed that the show left them in tears.
‘The Repair Shop has me in tears again,’ one person said, while another tweeted: ‘Omg! Again! #therepairshop you make me laugh and you make me cry!’
One viewer said learning about Rose’s story was ‘amazing’ and said the series is ‘the best hour on tv of the week’, while another described the programme as ‘chicken soup for the soul’.
‘I love #therepairshop. Because it’s not really about the things people bring in. It’s about the appreciation of craft and care, the relationships between the repairers, and memory and love and loss,’ someone else aptly put.
The Repair Shop returns next Wednesday at 8pm.
Credit: Original article published here.