The Repair Shop star pays tribute to ‘brave’ guest over restoration

The Repair Shop: Jay says he can’t choose favourite restoration

After playing a clip from tomorrow night’s The Repair Shop, Jermaine Jenas and Emma Willis asked Jay Blades about his favourite restorations. Despite admitting it was difficult to pick just one from the series, the expert praised one guest after they brought in a ceramic footprint of their late son David which needed restoring.

Jermaine began: “The Repair Shop is brilliant because it mixes those kind of lighter stories with really emotional moments in there.

“Which ones have stood out for you in this series?”

“It’s really hard to say that,” Jay admitted. “Like if you’ve got more than one child, if you were able to say ‘well, that’s my favourite’. I can never do that.”

He continued: “You can’t say you’ve got a favourite because every story, every item is just unique and it’s absolutely magical.”

In the clip, ceramics expert Kirsten told Jay how “incredibly brave” it was for the couple to leave the precious item with her.

“I hope that they will be pleased with the work that I’ve carried out for them,” she said.

“I will be really happy to hand these back,” Kristen added as Jay praised: “It’s amazing.”

Turning back to the duo in the studio, Jermaine continued: “That’s exactly what I am talking about…those emotional moments in the series.

“They’re more than possessions aren’t they, Jay?”

“I class them as family members,” the expert replied. “Because the memories wrapped up in these kinds of precious items they’ve got, as soon as you give them back to them and they’re repaired, everybody just resorts back to remembering the family member or someone that they’ve lost.

“And David’s footprints there, that was very brave of the family to come in and speak about what happened.

“And then entrust in Kirsten to actually work on them, it’s a very powerful show.

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“I mean, you guys see it, but it’s when you’re there, it’s unbelievable.”

Kirsten also left Jermaine stunned when she revealed the two reasons why ceramics need repairing.

“Yes, absolutely and they are cats and I’ve recently added spaniels,” the expert replied.

“You’re shocked by this,” Emma said as Jermaine nodded in agreement.

Kirsten continued: “I get so many inquiries from people just saying, ‘I’m so heartbroken, my beautiful cat has just broken this into pieces’.”

Jermaine chipped in: “I just find it really funny, there was ike cat…general and then specifically spaniels.”

“They’re a mean breed,” the host went on to joke.

The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.

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