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I was horrified to discover my sugar addiction is linked to my family’s haunting past, reveals Repair Shop’s Jay Blades
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IT'S just 33 miles from east London's Hackney to Windsor Castle – but for Jay Blades, it's one incredible journey.
Today The Repair Shop host, 52, met Prince Charles, who presented him with an MBE.
Jay will later travel to the Rio Cinema in east London – where he was brought up by his single mum – to watch the moving new Channel 5 series he's made about the hidden past of the tough streets and estates where he was raised.
Local hero Jay, who quit school unable to read and paid no attention whatsoever in history lessons, will be joined by nearly 400 people he grew up with in the 70s to enjoy No Place Like Home, which airs tonight.
It is 30 years since Jay moved out of Hackney, but he owes everything to this tough area, just north of London’s Square Mile.
He says: “When people come to the Repair Shop, I know nothing about what they are bringing in. We just have a human to human conversation. I learned that in Hackney.
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“It was here I was taught everything I know about community.
“I’m just a normal guy who has been very, very fortunate. They don’t normally put people who speak like me on the telly.
“I’m a little bit of a commoner. My teeth are a lovely shade of beige because I’m addicted to tea with three sugars.”
Normally, it’s the people Jay meets in the Repair Shop who are moved to tears and lost for words – but this time it was Jay’s turn to be stunned into silence.
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