An expert on The Repair Shop was left fuming by the ‘worst item in 30 year career’ on the latest episode of the BBC show.
One guest hoped that expert Louise Drover could restore her dad’s heavily laminated 1970s medical certificate.
Sidra revealed she wanted the special document framed, following her fathers death, caused by coronavirus.
Looking at the item, Louise explained: ‘This laminated document is quite possibly the worst I’ve seen in my entire 30-year career. It’s got three laminations to it and two layers of what appears to be a very thin cellophane.
‘On lifting quite nicely, one still very firmly attached. I’m not sure how that one’s coming off yet and then this very thick crunchy one on the outside.
An expert on The Repair Shop was left fuming by the ‘worst item in 30 year career’ on the latest episode of the BBC show
‘The trickiest thing with this will possibly be to remove that final layer, I don’t actually know if I’ll be able to get it off.’
Attempting to separate the laminated layers without damaging the front side of the sheet, she said: ‘It’s quite stiff actually this. It’s adhering really tightly in some areas more than others.
‘Then I’ve got the next layer to contend with which is the thinner layer, I think it could tear very easily. Ah, it’s lifting the paper now, so I keep peeling the looser areas off and it’s just patience really and some prayers!’
In the end, Louise successfully restored the certificate to its original condition.
Sidra was shocked and quipped: ‘Wow, that’s amazing! God, it looks beautiful, the frame. He’d be so happy.’
It comes after the Christmas Eve special packed a few emotional punches, none more so than when Jo Thomas from Wales brings in a broken record player with deep sentimental value.
One guest hoped that expert Louise Drover could restore her dad’s heavily laminated 1970s medical certificate
Sidra revealed she wanted the special document framed, following her fathers death, caused by coronavirus
Her son Ben gave it to her on the last Christmas before he died in January 2006, aged just 11. Playing records on it reminds her of dancing with Ben to Abba songs before cancer cruelly cut his life short.
Audio expert Mark Stuckey is tasked with fixing it. ‘That story got to me,’ says Mark. ‘I could feel the pain this family has gone through.
‘That an 11-year-old considered he was dying and wanted to leave something solid behind for his mother – you just think, ‘Wow!’ We complain about our aches and pains, but when you hear some of the stories that come into the barn you think, ‘What the heck do we have to moan about?’
Also working her magic was paper restorer Angelina Bakalarou, who tackled 100-year-old cardboard Santa decorations passed down through three generations to Sheila from Newcastle.
‘The biggest challenge was their textured surface,’ explains Angelina. ‘I made a paste to create the texture. I spent about four days repairing them, they were my little guys!’
Though the episode was filmed in September, the barn certainly looked as Christmassy as Santa’s grotto with snow, beautiful fairy lights, trees and Christmas jumpers galore.
Jay Blades (second from right) and the Repair Shop team in the Christmas-themed barn
‘We have got an amazing team of set designers,’ says Jay. ‘One day the barn looked as it usually does, and then the next it looked really Christmassy.’
And after a break last year, the experts then did a round of Secret Santa, surprising each other with handmade gifts.
‘It’s always a little bit competitive and we love to see what we’ve chosen for each other,’ says Jay. ‘Without giving too much away, it gets a bit emotional.’
That’s the show’s stock-in-trade of course, and Jay’s convinced this episode will deliver another warm and moving holiday glow. ‘It’s always special in the barn,’ he says. ‘But Christmas Repair Shop is magical.’