Repair Shop host Jay Blades has spoken of his surprise at the show’s popularity when he was made an MBE at Windsor Castle.
lades, a furniture restorer and designer, was presented with an honor for services to the craft by the Prince of Wales on Tuesday and in recognition of his work promoting historic craft and restoration in Britain.
The regular favorite on the BBC show, which sees members of the public bring in worn-out family heirlooms to be restored by a team of experts, said he never expected the program “to get this big”.
Blades has played a starring role in the program since launch in 2017.
He said: “I knew it was something special because you wouldn’t have all these different disciplines in the same building. You wouldn’t have pottery alongside fine art alongside woodwork and a watch restorer, you just wouldn’t have that.”
He said the rest of the team was “over the moon” for him after receiving his MBE.
“They all said, ‘Do we have to bow, do we have to curtsy to you?’ and such things.
“I just said there is one request: as long as they can get me a biscuit to go with my cup of tea, that’s all I want,” he joked.
When asked if he noticed a specific object from the show, the host said it’s like “choosing your favorite kid.”
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“All of them are really special, all the people who bring an item, all the items are dear to them and all the memories are so unique that you could never choose one I guess.”
Blades, 52, stressed the importance of the craft as part of a sustainable future, which he spoke to Charles about when receiving the honour.
“It’s all about sustainability, it’s about teaching the next generation what they should do and what they can do because some people think crafts aren’t accessible to them,” he said.
“I want crafting to be accessible to everyone, from the poor side of town to the rich side of town, so everyone can access it.”
Blades left school at 15 and has started a charity that encourages young people with academic difficulties to get involved in practical jobs such as restoration and crafts.
He is also an ambassador for the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, which provides up to £18,000 in grants for people to study a traditional craft.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/repair-shop-host-jay-blades-made-an-mbe-at-windsor-castle-41610238.html Repair shop host Jay Blades did an MBE at Windsor Castle