Enter a workshop filled with expert craftspeople, bringing loved pieces of family history and the memories they hold back to life. A heartwarming antidote to throwaway culture.
Jay Blades and the team bring three treasured family heirlooms, and the memories they hold, back to life.
Janice Monty and her daughter Nicole from Merseyside are first to arrive, with a pair of tap shoes. These crushed and cracked treasures were recently unearthed in a garage, and the ladies are hoping that cobbler Dean Westmoreland can breathe new life into them. The white leather shoes belonged to Janice’s mother-in-law, Rita, who was an accomplished professional dancer in her heyday. She performed in music halls and palladiums all over the UK, dancing in chorus lines and touring with the big names of the day, but the years in the garage have taken their toll on her well-worn shoes. Dean jumps at the chance to preserve these precious, fragile items for the family to cherish for many years to come.
Silversmith Brenton West is ready and waiting for Diane Vaughan, who delivers her late grandmother’s silver purse. It was a wedding present from her fiancé, Diane’s grandfather, and she carried it up the aisle on their special day in 1929. The ornate clasped purse is cherished by the family, as it is a symbol of a long and loving marriage of a much-missed couple. But it is now dented and tarnished, and the hinges and clasp are broken. Brenton knows these items are notoriously difficult to repair, but with Susie Fletcher’s help on the leather lining, he is confident he can return it resplendent.
And Beverley Swain visits the barn with an item that conjures up wonderful memories of her late father. She is keen for the master of all things mechanical, Steve Fletcher, to see if he can get a magician’s table back to its old tricks!
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