The Repair Shop guests left crying and shaking as grandmother's heirloom restored – with a surprise twist

THE Repair Shop guest Peter was left crying and shaking as his grandmother's precious heirloom was restored.

The customer was elated after the skilled team restored his nan's old-fashioned ice-cream maker.

Peter Mason from Herefordshire, couldn't hold back the tears after seeing the expert's handiwork.

“It’s beautiful," he said. “Actually I wasn’t going to cry. I’m shaking. I can’t tell you what this means to me, it’s beautiful."

Set designer and restoration expert Dominic had to take the entire bucket apart but was able to fully refurbish the ice-cream maker and make it food-safe and functional again. 

Peter recalled when his grandma used the appliance to make him ice cream when he was a child.

Despite the novelty of the item itself, it was clear to see that Peter had quite an emotional attachment to it.

"My grandma and I used to spend each summer making ice-cream in this thing,” described Pete. 

“She used to say ‘Peter do you want ice cream?’ and I would say ‘Yes please granny’ and she would go in the kitchen, make up the mix, she would come in with it in the tin, stick the ice in it and we would sit in the front room and I would turn this for about 20 minutes, half an hour.

"The top would come off and there would be the ice cream and it was always vanilla."

He also explained how his grandmother Ethel received the item after leaving her job at the Big House, a phrase used to refer to the “grand houses, upstairs-downstairs” where his grandmother worked. 

Presenter Jay Blades loved the old item as he exclaimed: "It’s a bucket that makes ice cream, imagine that? You have definitely made my day!"

Peter than shared some of the ice cream with the team and mentioned the last time he saw the ice cream maker working before going on the BBC show.

He commented: The last time I saw the ice cream maker working I was about 4 or 5, so quite a few years ago now". 

"It brings her back to life to me, I am there beside the fireplace with my grandma, that’s why it’s important to me."

The Repair Shop continues Wednesday at 8pm on BBC One.

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