Will on The Repair Shop

Will Kirk forced to take break off screen following tragic story on The Repair Shop: ‘Something that catches you off guard’

*Grabs a tissue*

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Will Kirk was once forced to walk away and take a five-minute breather off-screen after a tragic story on The Repair Shop.

The TV favourite shot to fame on the hit BBC show.

But Will once revealed he was left in tears on The Repair Shop after a boy’s heart-wrenching story.

the Repair shop star Will on Lorraine
Will opened up about the heartbreaking moment (Credit: ITV)

The Repair Shop star Will recalls tragic story on show

Speaking to the Express in May 2023, Will explained the team were introduced to a young boy. But after hearing his story, Will had to take a 15-minute breather outside the barn as he welled up.

“There was a young boy called Jacob who bought in a rickety table and that was the first time I had to take my 10-15 minutes,” the woodwork expert recalled.

“Everyone behind the cameras was crying and it was just something that catches you off guard.” He went on: “Everything is relatable and I think that’s why the show has done so well, because everyone can relate to different stories.”

Will on The Repair Shop
Will shot to fame on The Repair Shop (Credit: BBC)

Jacob’s appearance is not the only one to have had the team and viewers in tears.

Ashley Brooks from Essex had a heartbreaking story to share with Jay Blades and Dean Westmoreland. Ashley bought some baby boots that had once belonged to his mother for Dean to restore. He explained it was his mother’s last link to Ireland, and to her late father.

“The Repair Shop is an absolute delight. Possessions are more than items, they hold the key to the past. Memories that keep the good times alive,” one viewer tweeted at the time. Another wrote: “Five minutes into the repair shop and bawling like a baby.”

When did Will first appear on TV?

Will first appeared on television in 2013, when he featured in Channel 4 show The French Collection.

He also appeared in the BBC’s What To Buy And Why, but it was in 2017 he got his first big break. Along with the likes of Jay Blades, Will became a regular on BBC One show, The Repair Shop.

On an episode of Lorraine, Will said that he restored a piece of furniture for one of the show’s production team, who later called him and asked if he wanted to be part of the show

Read more: The Repair Shop: Will Kirk replaced as viewers all ask the same thing

The Repair Shop airs on June 19 from 8pm on BBC Two.

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Joey Crutchley
Freelance Writer

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