Jay Blades: The Repair Shop star bids emotional farewell as he shares ‘last day’ news

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Jay Blades, 51, has said he has wrapped on filming alongside the cast and crew of his new show, Jay’s Workshop, which “celebrates the uncelebrated”. The Repair Shop star shared a photo of a beautiful riverside development in Yorkshire as he bid farewell to the county today

Take care Yorkshire, see you real soon

Jay Blades

Jay tweeted alongside the snap: “Good morning all. 

“This is my last day filming in Bradford & Yorkshire.

“I’m gonna miss my New Home & I can’t wait for you guys to see this show, as it Celebrates the Uncelebrated. 

“Take care Yorkshire. See you real soon,” he added.

Underneath, fans who live in the county, said they would “miss” Jay filming there and hoped he would “come back” soon.

One typed: “God’s Own Country, it’s simply the best place to live. Hope you come back sometime.”

A second wrote: “When are you coming to Manchester? @Jay_n_Co I think you could do a life-changing piece of work with some of our young people.”

While a third replied: “God’s Own Country, Jay.”

The star of TV’s Repair Shop filmed his new series in Bradford, making pieces of furniture for deserving community heroes in the district.

The programme will reward people who have gone above and beyond for their community but may have not received any recognition.

Each of the one-hour-long shows in the six-part series, set to be broadcast in late summer, will focus on a different community champion and the process of building them a surprise item.

Jay and his team of volunteers will lovingly create each bespoke piece from scratch, before revealing it as a surprise to the deserving recipient.

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Jay became a household name on BBC’s The Repair Shop alongside his colleagues Suzie Fletcher, Steve Fletcher and Will Kirk.

The restoration experts travel around the country, repairing family heirlooms, with Jay acting as the foreman.

Elsewhere, the star has also spoken out on his dyslexia battle, which leaves him struggling to read his BBC scripts on the programme.

He told The Sun: “I am heavily dyslexic and if they send me a script I can’t read it.

“They tell me who is coming on and we do it one take.

“We have formed as a family (workshop staff) and you take the mickey out of each other, so you do what a family does. 

“That is what the production company has done.”

Jay has also spoken of growing up in Hackney, East London, where he was subjected to vile racist abuse.

He said: “There was racism too. I was spat on and beaten up at school.

“I haven’t done bad considering I was deemed thick. Nobody realised I had dyslexia.”

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