‘Emotionally I was gone’ The Repair Shop’s Suzie Fletcher on filming after husband’s death

The Repair Shop: Customer shocked by horse saddle restoration

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The Repair Shop’s leather and saddles expert Suzie Fletcher has built up quite the fan-base amongst viewers at home. With her love of equestrian, she has been in the industry for over 40 years. However, she has recently opened up on the battles she faced filming the BBC series after losing her husband to pancreatic cancer.

Suzie joined the show not long after her husband died, and she returned back to the UK after living in Colorado for 22years.

Speaking on her experience, she said: “Emotionally physically, mentally I was gone. 

“But here, listening to everyone else’s stories, I realised I wasn’t alone.

“You feel like you can say anything here, and nobody’s going to judge you: they’ll wrap their arms around you, this repairs my heart,” she said emotionally to The Telegraph.

Suzie recently spoke out about her love for horses as a child, which led to her career in saddle making and restoring.

She told Hello!: “I have been nuts about horses ever since I can remember and can vividly recall from a very young age making saddles and bridles for my rocking horse and Cindy horse.

“With the influence of my mother, who was very skilled in designing and making clothes and my father being watchmaker, it’s no surprise I found a way to combine my interest in design and horses to become a saddle maker.”

Suzie also spoke about her brother Steve’s influence on her joining the show, as he is also a restoration expert.

She joined at the beginning of season two and thanked the show for getting her through the grieving process after her husband passed.

Suzie said: “Every time [Steve] called, he looked to be having such a good time I jokingly said, ‘If they need anyone to do leather, I’m your gal.’

“I really was joking, but after several phone calls and a lot of reassurance from Steve, I agreed to give it a go and joined the team.

“I’m so happy I did as this is one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever been involved with. It’s also helped me through some very dark days.”

The Repair Shop returned to BBC One a few weeks ago, exciting fans with more items in need of some love and restoration.

Frontman Jay Blades, a furniture restorer and youth activist, explained: “I’m a nosey b****r! I love to listen and ask questions.

“When someone comes through the door for the first time, it can be scary: the cameras, the lights, the crew. It’s my job to put people at ease.”

Speaking on the Repair Shop community, he explained: “We really do get on, when you work with the people you work with for so long, you become a family.

“A few years ago, when I was going through a divorce, I needed a family to support me, and they did. They helped me to get back to who I am.”

Responding to the news of the new series launch a few weeks ago, Kags wrote on Twitter: “YAYYYYYY! Love this show.”

Carolyn also wrote: “Wonderful news! One of the best programmes, absolutely love it!”

“Ready for tonight’s show, cup of tea, bar of chocolate and a box of tissues,” Joyce wrote alongside an array of emojis.

“I absolutely LOVE The Repair Shop, I want to work there, I have no specialist skills, but I make a mean cup of tea and coffee,” Sue also added.

The Repair Shop airs Wednesdays at 8pm on BBC One. 

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