BBC The Repair Shop: Kirsten Ramsay ‘in tears’ after show ‘knocked her sideways’

BBC TV restorer Kirsten Ramsay has revealed that she was “in tears and knocked sideways” by the heart-breaking story involving the death of a man’s child on The Repair Shop.

The hit show features Kirsten alongside the likes of Jay Blades and Suzi Fletcher, all of whom have apparently “shed tears at some point”, reported The Sun .

The star spoke about the emotional journey they have all faced meeting customers coming into the shop with their family heirlooms and items of huge sentimental value, telling The Sun’s TV Mag: “I don’t believe there’s any one of us that hasn’t shed tears at some point. It’s very difficult not to get involved sometimes.”

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She recalled a particularly tough incident: “I think it’s always hard when it involves the death of a child.

The TV restorer in action on the show

“One of the sort of very early ones was a Bargeware teapot. I didn’t know the story beforehand and it was the father who came in. His daughter – I think she was probably in her 20s, possibly 30 – had died, leaving his granddaughter, who was who was very, very young.

“She was a toddler. And this teapot had been passed down through the family through the female line in the family. And that was extraordinarily emotional.”

Kirsten went on to reflect on her reaction at the time: “I didn’t have any warning of that coming. And I do have some sort of personal experience of that myself. That really sort of knocked me sideways if I’m honest.”

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The hit show features Kirsten alongside the likes of Jay Blades and Suzi Fletcher

The star joined the popular series in 2017 with 25 years of experience already under her belt, having trained at the prestigious West Dean College and worked for The British Museum.

Despite the emotional challenge, the ceramic conservator is clearly still passionate about her work, commenting: “I do work for the antiques trade and both museums, but I’ve always done work for individuals.

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“And I’ve always had people that have bought things that have had huge sentimental value. Sometimes you might see the item and it’s sort of, you know, you’re not that excited about it. Then you hear the story behind it and everything in you just wants to get this piece back together for the owner.

“To be honest, it just feels like an incredible privilege. Yeah, it really does put the pressure on sometimes when you’ve heard the story. So I’d say in the main it just feels like a massive privilege. It’s not a burden.”

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