The Repair Shop guest bursts into tears as experts 'bring back dead father's voice' by restoring saxophone

A GUEST on The Repair Shop burst into tears after experts 'bring back dead father's voice' by restoring his saxophone.

Wednesday's edition of the BBC show saw guest Lorna Douglas and her son Christopher arrive with her late father's saxophone.

Lorna explained to Jay Blades and musical maestro Pete Woods that she wanted it to be restored so her son could play it.

Lorna also revealed how he dad Bill, a miner, had also been a musician for most of his life.

Bill lived in a "little mining village called Stoneyburn, near Edinburgh,” and was in a silver band.

Lorna added: "He was in the band when he was in his twenties.


“He went from that to having his own dance band called The Broadway Swingers.”

Pete was then thrilled to hear that Bill had been "headhunted" by The Joe Loss Orchestra, and while Jay had never heard of them, Pete said: "They were one of the top entertainment bands of the time.”

Sadly Bill had to stop playing the saxophone in 1982-83 when he developed lung cancer and had to have half of his lung removed.

He then put the saxophone in a cupboard and “didn’t want to see it again”, before he passed away in 1996.


After such a moving story, Pete then set about getting to work on the instrument, but it was a difficult task at times.

The expert persevered though and Lorna and Christopher were delighted with the finished result.

Pete said: "We tried to keep it so it has that look because the marks tell the story of the places he has been."

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She gave Steve and Pete hugs as a thank you for their efforts

Fellow expert Steve was then asked to play the saxophone, and his performance moved Lorna to tears, while Christopher gave her a big hug.

As she wept, Pete said: “I can see how much it means to you.”

Lorna then headed to give Steve a hug and said emotionally: "It’s like hearing his voice again," before giving Pete a cuddle as well.

The Repair Shop airs on BBC One and is available on BBC iPlayer.

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