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Gogglebox's Pete Staniford breaks down in tears over emotional episode of The Repair Shop


Gogglebox favourite Pete Staniford broke down in tears over an emotional episode of The Repair Shop on Friday. 

The television personality, 26, who has starred on the Channel 4 show with his sister, Sophie since 2018, began crying at the scenes which saw a very emotional repair.   

The cast of the programme saw a guest named Gary Fisher take a Jewish prayer book, once owned by his grandparents who survived a World War two concentration camp, to The Repair Shop barn. 

Sobbing: Gogglebox's Pete Staniford, 26, broke down in tears over an emotional episode of The Repair Shop as he cried at the restoration of a Jewish prayer book on Friday

Sobbing: Gogglebox’s Pete Staniford, 26, broke down in tears over an emotional episode of The Repair Shop as he cried at the restoration of a Jewish prayer book on Friday

Gary hoped that book binder Christopher Shaw, could restore the much-loved but broken family heirloom back to its former glory, telling him ‘it’s falling apart’.

Speaking to presenter Jay Blades, he explained that his grandparents were taken to a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia during the second world war. 

Tearing up, he added that they were ‘very lucky’ as his great-grandparents, his grandfather’s sister and a 10-year-old nephew were all murdered in the gas chamber, but hoped that the book had brought them some comfort during the dark time. 

Upsetting: The television personality, who has starred on the Channel 4 show with his sister, Sophie since 2018, began crying at the scenes which saw a very emotional repair

Upsetting: The television personality, who has starred on the Channel 4 show with his sister, Sophie since 2018, began crying at the scenes which saw a very emotional repair

Gary said: ‘My grandfather wrote a poem, but when they were liberated, he asked people [survivors] that were liberated to sign the book, so there are about 50 signatures.

‘It’s so fragile – I think it needs to go somewhere where it can be seen by others.’

Taking on the challenge, Chris explained: ‘This book serves as a reminder of one of the darkest sections of humanity. I am more worried about this than I have been about most books, it’s just so epic.” 

Heartfelt: The programme saw Gary Fisher (pictured) take a Jewish prayer book, once owned by his grandparents who survived a World War two concentration camp, to The Repair Shop

Heartfelt: The programme saw Gary Fisher (pictured) take a Jewish prayer book, once owned by his grandparents who survived a World War two concentration camp, to The Repair Shop

Watching from his sofa, Pete began tearing up as he watched Gary return to the  barn to collect the book. 

Pete told Sophie: ‘Why am I already welling up here? I’ve not even seen the bloody book.’

Speaking on the show, Christopher said: ‘The most important book that I’ll ever repair, I couldn’t let it go without extra protection, so I made an extra slipcase.’ 

Pete then burst out sobbing, followed by his sister, who said: ‘God, he is breaking my heart, him.’ 

Emotional: Watching from his sofa, Pete began tearing up as he watched Gary return to the barn to collect the book

Emotional: Watching from his sofa, Pete began tearing up as he watched Gary return to the barn to collect the book

Story: Gary said: 'My grandfather wrote a poem, but when they were liberated, he asked people [survivors] that were liberated to sign the book, so there are about 50 signatures'

Story: Gary said: ‘My grandfather wrote a poem, but when they were liberated, he asked people [survivors] that were liberated to sign the book, so there are about 50 signatures’ 

Viewers of the show were also reduced to tears as one penned: ‘Saw the prayer book episode of the repair shop…had exactly the same reaction as everyone on Gogglebox. Incredibly moving and astonishing restoration job.’ 

Another added: ‘Think it’s quite lucky I don’t watch The Repair Shop – I’d be sobbing like Pete every week!’ 

A third user penned: ‘I don’t generally cry over TV or films, but I’ll tell you what, team, I’m welling up after that Repair Shop segment. 

Moving: Viewers of the show were also reduced to tears as one penned: 'Saw the prayer book episode of the repair shop...had exactly the same reaction as everyone on Gogglebox'

Moving: Viewers of the show were also reduced to tears as one penned: ‘Saw the prayer book episode of the repair shop…had exactly the same reaction as everyone on Gogglebox’

An extract from Gary’s grandfather poem, translated into English read: ‘Do you know we were also there, we stood together through summer and winter, bind our arms and legs together and ease the pain of sleepless hours.’

‘And soon a new day will come when we will part from one another, but you will be prepared for when we see each other again, and on that day we will all be free from tyranny.’

Presenter Jay, 50, who has a background in furniture restoration, said to Femail last year, it’s a show founded on the principles of community, humanity and kindness.

‘It’s about so much more than just fixing stuff,’ he said.

‘No money changes hands in the repair barn – it’s all about altruism and making someone you don’t know happy. It really restores your faith in humanity.’

Cast: Presenter Jay, 50, who has a background in furniture restoration, said to Femail last year, it’s a show founded on the principles of community, humanity and kindness (L-R Will Kirk, Jay Blades and Steve Fletcher)

Cast: Presenter Jay, 50, who has a background in furniture restoration, said to Femail last year, it’s a show founded on the principles of community, humanity and kindness (L-R Will Kirk, Jay Blades and Steve Fletcher)

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