'The Repair Shop' participant brought to tears by unveiling of late father’s prized possession

Rachel McGrath
·3 min read
Christine was stunned by the expert's restoration (BBC)
Christine was stunned by the expert's restoration (BBC)

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.”

The much-loved table had become worn down after years of being well-used (BBC)
The much-loved table had become worn down after years of being well-used (BBC)

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.

Will Kirk added a glass top so the table can be fully functional without getting damaged (BBC)
Will Kirk added a glass top so the table can be fully functional without getting damaged (BBC)

"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:

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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