The Repair Shop viewers in tears as evacuee's wartime doll is restored

Emily Hutchinson
·2-min read
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Photo credit: BBC

From Digital Spy

The Repair Shop At Christmas left viewers in tears on Wednesday (December 23) with a special festive episode that saw an old doll that belongs to a lady evacuated during World War II lovingly restored.

Patricia Hall and her daughter headed into The Repair Shop with the doll, named Betty, which she received for Christmas 1939.

Patricia was one of the many children evacuated from London and was forced to leave her family behind, but was given the gift at 4-years-old by the family she stayed with away from the capital.

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Photo credit: BBC

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"She's the only thing I've ever kept," Patricia revealed, sharing that the doll stays in her bedroom and sits up in a chair.

"Having Betty back at Christmas time, I'd be thrilled to bits," she said as she handed it over to Julie Tatchell and Amanda Middleditch to work their magic.

The duo had to take Betty completely apart to get her back into tip-top shape, even separating her head from her body to repair a large crack that they weren't sure if they would be able to fix. She also received all new body parts.

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Photo credit: BBC

But after a lot of hard, intricate work and a full clean, the new Betty was unveiled towards the end of the show – and so were plenty of tears.

Patricia and her daughter were visibly moved to see her doll looking "beautiful" and as good as new as the duo put all the original parts in a pouch into the doll's tummy.

But she wasn't the only one who shed a Christmas tear. Viewers were equally emotional on social media.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"#TheRepairShop is so lovely. Betty is the most beautiful doll!," one person tweeted.

"That doll is beautiful @TheRepairShop," another wrote.

"I have a tear in my eye," a third tweeted.

Patricia promised to get Betty out for Christmas to play with her grandkids, admitting she's "part of the family".

The Repair Shop airs on BBC One.

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