Viewers of The Repair Shop were left in tears last night after the master craftsmen restored a widow’s jukebox so he could once again hear the song he danced with his late wife on their wedding day.
Geoff Clarke, from Sunderland, visited the Weald and Downland Living Museum in Singleton, West Sussex, where the show is being filmed, to see if audio expert Mark Stuckey could bring his beloved music player back to life.
When he returned to the store, Mark and furniture restorer Jay Blades watched Geoff Moonlight play Serenade by Glenn Miller – the song where he and his wife Marie, who died of a brain tumor nearly seven years ago, danced to their reception.
Geoff back to that special moment, Geoff broke down in tears – like many viewers at home.
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Geoff Clarke, from Sunderland, visited the Weald and Downland Living Museum in Singleton, West Sussex, where the show is being filmed, to see if audio expert Mark Stuckey could bring his beloved jukebox back to life (pictured after the transformation)
Brought back to that special moment with his late wife when the music was playing, Geoff broke down in tears – like many viewers at home
Tens went to Twitter, and many praised the BBC program for its moving scenes – and one called it a “ soothing balm in hard times. ”
A tweeted: “No dry eyes at home – quite heartbreaking when the music was playing #therepairshop is such a great program.”
Another commented, “If you know, you know. But my couch is now drenched in tears after boyish sobbing at the latest #therepairshop. All I’m going to say is “jukebox”. ‘
And one wrote: “I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried with Geoff when the jukebox started playing again. #TheRepairShop. ‘
Geoff told how he bought the jukebox 43 years ago and shortly afterwards he met the ‘beautiful Marie’, whom he married in 1978.
Dozens of viewers took to Twitter, and many praised the BBC program for its moving scenes, one of which called it a ‘soothing balm in hard times.’
“I’m from an era of rock and roll, so it seemed like a good idea at the time,” he said of his purchase.
“We couldn’t afford a reception, so we had it in our dining room, with sandwiches and cups and tea, and the jukebox was in our dining room and I played D number one – moonlight serenade by Glenn Miller.
“I thought that might be right at the moment, and I wasn’t quite expecting it, but absolute magic happened, as Marie and I hugged and shuffled, it was just, everything came together at the time, Marie and Moonlight Serenade. Everything is locked in there.
Geoff brought the jukebox (photo) to The Repair Shop to see if it was possible to hear the song he danced with his late wife on their wedding day again
“Marie was one of those people everyone loved, and I think her secret was that she loved everyone herself.”
Geoff said he couldn’t play a jukebox at first after Marie died because it was too painful, but over time he started playing it late at night.
“I was sitting at the bottom of the stairs and realized what I had been through all these years, and now I was lost forever,” he said cheerfully.
“Then people came home, they wanted to hear the duke box, the volume control didn’t start working properly, and if you selected one of these keys for your record, the jukebox would click, the drum would roll around and it wouldn’t select a record . ‘
Geoff and Marie (pictured left and right together) married in 1978, but Marie died of a brain tumor almost seven years ago
Asked by Jay what it would mean for him to bring it back, he replied, “It has the ability to take me back to that moment on our wedding day, and the magic of holding her all just in that machine.
“She was such a very, very special lady, not just to me, to a lot of people, and here’s an opportunity to hear and see the memory of someone extra special.”
Mark certainly had cut out his work, but the hours of work he put into it were well worth it, because when Geoff returned to see his retro jukebox back to work, he was overcome with emotion.
Upon hearing Glenn Miller’s hauntingly beautiful song, he broke down in tears and was comforted by Jay.
Hearing the eerily beautiful song by Glenn Miller, Geoff broke down in tears and was comforted by Jay
Jay also looked visibly moved by Geoff’s response to hear the jukebox play music again
“It’s a nice tune,” he said, to which Mark admitted, “I’m just glad we brought those memories to life for you.”
Geoff commented, “That’s the great thing about music, it can instantly take you back to a special moment in time.”
Mark revealed it was a “big job,” but he knew they had to do a good job of serving Marie’s memory.
When Geoff left the store, Mark said, “We all felt it.”
Viewers also felt it and called the episode ‘moving’ and ‘full of emotion’.
Mark (photo) revealed the jukebox was a ‘big job’, but he knew they had to do it right to serve Marie’s memory
Viewers felt the episode’s emotion, calling the show “ moving ” and “ what the nation needs ”
Geoff said playing the jukebox again immediately brought him back to that magical moment when he and Marie “ danced and cuddled ” as newlyweds.
“The dukebox is returning home to his place of honor,” he added.
“I used to like loud music, so maybe the whole street hears it, which will be a good thing. Marie celebrates one more time. ‘
The Repair Shop airs Wednesdays on BBC One at 8pm.