The Repair Shop’s Will Kirk brands emotional restoration ‘trickiest yet’

The Repair Shop: Will describes ship as ‘trickiest’ restoration

Will Kirk admitted in a classic episode of The Repair Shop that an emotional restoration had been his “trickiest yet”.

During Wednesday’s repeat of the BBC staple, guest Matt brought a sentimental item into the barn

A model ship, partially built by his father who died when he was just a teenager and before he was able to complete the ship, was presented to Will and host Jay Blades.

“Right, time to get this ship sailing back to Matt,” Will stated after completing the fix.

“There’s a lot of detail in there, isn’t there?” Jay pointed out.

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“A lot of detail Jay,” Will agreed before Jay added: “And a lot of work.”

“One of my trickiest jobs, actually, but I think it looks great,” Will admitted.

Earlier, Matt had brought in the half-completed boat and explained: “It’s a scale model of the Clara May Trading merchant ship.”

He added: “My dad actually started to build this beautiful model, he really had an affinity with the sea.”

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“It’s built completely from scratch. There’s a lot of very intricate layers and I think it’s made to have been built exactly how the original would have been built.”

“That’s amazing,” an impressed Will commented.

“It took him a good few years I think to just get to this point,” Matt went on. “You can see all of the various little details on the deck.”

“It looks like your dad wasn’t too far off from finishing this ship,” Will pointed out.

“He got halfway through building this and then unfortunately he passed away before he was able to finish it.”

“Oh gosh, I’m really sorry to hear that,” Will replied.

Matt explained how he and his siblings had been very young when their dad died in 2009 at only 44.

He went on to say the ship being completed would mean a lot to the family.

Later, Matt was delighted with the final result and held back tears when he finally laid eyes on the completed model.

The Repair Shop is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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