1ee-903c-d1a271e022de" class="class" rel="noopener">The Repair Shop has teased an exciting new announcement ahead of Wednesday night’s episode.
The BBC One show is set to bring in a brand new expert to tackle a new restoration project.
Pierro Pozella, 27, will make his debut and focus on all things camera’s as their new resident specialist.
His first assignment will be a twin lens camera that belonged to vistor Harry’s grandfather, a graphic designer, and was used on set at ATV in Elstree Studios in the 1970s and ‘80s
Pierro began his route into restoration over a decade ago, when the world had already ‘moved onto digital’, he said.
Exciting: The Repair Shop has teased an exciting new announcement ahead of Wednesday night’s episode (Jay Blades pictured)
Consequently, he had to teach himself everything and started pulling them apart to learn how to fix them.
As to how he got involved with the show, he explained: ‘I just got an email, so it was quite out of the blue. I did wonder if it was real or not at first!
‘I was found through my social media which was cool as its taken a while to develop over the years.’
Pierro continued: ‘What I find really rewarding in my craft is being able to bring peoples cameras back to life, especially those of sentimental value.
‘Knowing that the camera can be used by future generations to capture moments is what keeps me passionate about what I do. ‘
Pierro will join a list of regular experts, including Jay Blades, furniture restorer and foreman, Dominic Chinea, metal worker and signs restorer, Steven Fletcher, clock restorer and his sister Suzie who specialises in leather worker and saddle making.
Will Kirk, carpenter and cabinet-maker, Sonnaz Nooranvary, upholstery restorer, Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell, soft toy restorers, Kirsten Ramsay, Sussex-based ceramics conservator, Lucia Scalisi, painting conservator and Brenton West, silversmith and antique photography specialist are the others.
The BBC One show has become a huge hit and recently featured West Ham United legend Peter Grotier who was left ‘quite choked’ after a football programme he had signed by Pele was restored to mint condition.
New face: Pierro Pozella, 27, will make his debut and focus on all things camera’s as their new resident specialist
Big team: Pierro will join a list of regular experts including Steven Fletcher, clock restorer and his sister Suzie who specialises in leather worker and saddle making (pictured)
The famed Irons goalkeeper, 72, played against Pele in an exhibition match between the London side and the Brazilian legend’s domestic team Santos in 1970 that also featured the likes of Bobby Moore.
Pele scored twice against Grotier, then 19, and after the match ended the Stratford native took the chance to get his hero’s autograph on a match programme.
Grotier joked that he had hoped Pele would not be on his usual top form – but added that he couldn’t have been happier to have been bested by one of football’s all-time legends.
The Hammers goalkeeper added: ‘Pele scored twice against me and I didn’t mind at all.’
Grotier told the Mirror that, when asked to sign the programme, Pele simply replied in broken English: ‘My pleasure.’
But after he brought the programme home it was parcelled up and buffeted around over the course of several house moves – something he came to regret.
Grotier said: ‘The reason why it [the programme] got in such a bad condition was because my family, we moved around to eight different houses, so it was packed away and folded – something I should never have done.’
Emotional: The BBC One show has become a huge hit and recently featured West Ham United legend Peter Grotier who was left ‘quite choked’ after a football programme he had signed by Pele was restored to mint condition
Footballer: Peter Grotier playing for West Ham during the 1969/70 season
After Pele died last year at the age of 82, the goalie’s future daughter-in-law recommended taking the programme to The Repair Shop to have the truly irreplaceable souvenir restored.
In scenes that aired earlier this month Angelina Bakalarou could be seen using the most delicate care to mend the guide – and Grotier got visibly emotional.
He added: ‘I got quite choked really, to look at it and see it as it was 53 years ago. It took me right back to that time when we were lining up and I’m looking along the line at our team and I’m looking at Pele standing in the line.’
He revealed his plans to leave the restored programme to his grandson Joseph, 17, who captains Essex side Wivenhoe Town FC Under-18s.