The Repair Shop delivered another emotional episode this week as a participant was overcome by the expert’s work on a table made by her late father.
Christine Clay brought in a beautiful wooden card table that her dad, who died just months ago, crafted himself.
Explaining that the much-loved item was the centrepiece of her family’s weekly card games night, Clay told presenter Jay Blades and furniture expert Will Kirk: “Friday night was card night. It was the pub first, then drinks back at mum and dads’s.
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“Dad was very competitive at cards, it was an important part of the week. He loved it, he enjoyed having his family around.”
She added that the veneer-covered table was initially a gift to her daughter but over the years, it became damaged from cold and heat after being kept in a conservatory.
Kirk then set to work painstakingly restoring it, stripping back the veneer and replacing some of the most-damaged areas.
When it was time for the big reveal, Clay was emotional before the much-loved table had even been unveiled.
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“We lost my dad a few months ago and he put his heart and soul into this so it’s important,” she said, before bursting into tears when she set eyes upon the finished item.
"Oh, my God. It’s amazing, It’s better than ever, beautiful,” she said. "My dad was a very emotional person, he would be in buckets right now, he would be so pleased with that."
The emotional reveal had viewers reaching for the tissues too:
Christine's beautiful table. Going to weep in 3... 2... 1... 😭
Love this show. It's pretty much the only thing I can watch these weird days.#repairshop
— dee harvey (@deeharvey) February 3, 2021
The repair shop always makes me feel joyful without fail, with happy tears mixed in. The card table was outstanding last night, but as ever the skill and care that goes into every repair is amazing to watch 🙏
— Little Gems Jewels (@jewelslittlegem) February 4, 2021
Really enjoyed #therepairshop The restoration of the card table Will did was beautiful. The pigeon was brilliant & fun. Fabulous work with the guitar 🎸 & bookmakers clock also. The repair shop should be on every night.
— joyce Jordan (@joyceJo49834475) February 3, 2021
— Moog (@a_toots) February 3, 2021
— Philip Flood (@Philip_Flood) February 3, 2021
The current series of The Repair Shop has served up numerous heartwarming yet tear-inducing moments.
Last month, one instalment was dubbed “an hour of therapy” by fans, who were left feeling emotional by Rose Werner’s story.
The pensioner brought in a small leather box owned by her late husband, Will, who came to the UK when he was rescued from Europe through the Kindertransport in World War Two.
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