this Jubilee special served up a mixed bag of broken treasures

In the special anniversary episode of The repair shop (BBC One) People have been urged to bring in things with a royal connection. Who would have half-hoped that a certain duke would enter the barn in hopes that someone could mend his tarnished reputation? Maybe some things are beyond repair.

Instead there was a bespoke tandem that the recently widowed John from Somerset cycled through Normandy with his future wife in 1977. They had painted it red, white and blue and the French, mistaking this as a contribution to the Entente Cordiale, would cheer.

Now it was mostly rust. You know what happened next. John was very moved, like anyone with a beating heart. Just hope he makes it across the South Downs as he travels from London to Brighton for charity.

Some people dressed for the occasion and not just with flashy cloth hats like diamond geezer Jay Blades, who combined his usual gracious, cheering welcome with a touch of deference. Enter Peter, Yeoman Ward of the Tower of London, in full flesh fig. He presented the brass lantern he carries on his nightly lock-up and declared it wobbly. There are probably more sophisticated safeguards for the Crown Jewels these days, perhaps using computers and foot-thick steel, but who doesn’t love the trappings of Ruritan operetta? In any case, no major repair was necessary.

A pearl queen and pearl prince turned in a jacket that a recently deceased pearl king had not quite finished. This wasn’t necessarily a repair job. They basically wanted the seamstresses to sew on a lot of buttons by hand. When the smiling ladies suffered a needle-based RSI, they kept it off camera.

My favorite item was a broken plate that Helen had brought back from the Northeast. Her grandfather, a miner, had daubed it with a profusion of flowers in 1887. In the 1970s, Helen’s mother dropped it. Gummy glue was now oozing out of the cracks like crests of lava. Kirsten, the calmest expert in the stable, made all flaws disappear as if by magic, except for the inscription “Jubiläum” on the back.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/repair-shop-review-jubilee-special-served-mixed-bag-broken-treasures/ this Jubilee special served up a mixed bag of broken treasures


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