The Repair Shop guest breaks down in tears after 'overwhelming' transformation of late grandad's prized item

A GRATEFUL Repair Shop guest broke down in tears after her late grandad's old-fashioned camera was totally transformed.

The latest episode of the BBC One show saw a woman named Jacquie Lazelle from Ipswich wanted to know of her precious antique heirloom could ever be used again.


Jacquie asked vintage camera specialist Brenton West and leather expert Suzie Fletcher to see if they could work their magic on the 100-year-old plate camera.

The guest explained to the pair that her grandad was a keen photographer and even took her parents' wedding photos.

Her grandad also taught her everything that she now knows about taking pictures and told them she would love to start using it herself.

Jacquie said: "It's looking so sad now. I'm really hoping something can be done about it…"

She added: "I've never used it and I would really love to quite honestly because it's such an amazing thing."

Jacquie left the camera with Brenton and Suzie and they managed to fix the shutter, cracked glass and the rotting bellows.

When the experts took the cloth away from the camera to reveal their hard work, Jacquie was left stunned.

"Oh my goodness me," she exclaimed.

Her partner Jackie added: "Wow!"

As Jacquie tried to contain her emotions she explained: "It's taking me back to a time when grandad was alive, obviously. I think he'd be absolutely stunned.

"To see his old camera, his pride and joy… absolutely stunning.

"It's brought a tear to my eye."

It comes after another guest on the show left presenter Jay Blades lost for words as she recalled her final moments with her late dad.

Gill had brought in a mechanical panda to be brought back to its former glory. 

The toy was given to her when she was three-years-old by her parents, but she explained that her dad had died just before she turned six.

“My father, unfortunately, died two weeks before my sixth birthday,” she explained. 

“And when my dad was bed-ridden at home, if I wasn’t feeling very happy, he'd say, ‘Go and get panda because he’ll make you smile’.

“So, I used to go and get panda, dad would wind him up and we’d sit and watch because dad would say ‘It’s really important to smile’.”

“So it (the panda) reminds me of that,” the guest said as she choked back her sadness. 

“The last image I really had of dad was him standing holding on to his bed and he took off his oxygen mask and waved at us.

“And, that night, he died.”

Horologist Steve Fletcher managed to put a smile back on Gill's face by the end of the programme.

The Repair Shop returns on Wednesday at 8pm on BBC One



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