British classic and staple BBC show The Repair Shop, has been a triumph since it first began in 2017. Known for its emotional yet heart-warming moments, fans of the show are used to seeing the expert restorers in action.

Last year, OGs Will Kirk, Jay Blades and Suzie Fletcher were joined by a new face in the workshop – Dean Westmoreland. And now, he’s back for some more restoring…

Dean has quickly become an audience favourite but fans want to know more, so here’s all the information you need.

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Who is Dean Westmoreland?

First and foremost, Dean is a shoe restorer, or more formally known as a Cobbler. Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, he began his career in footwear at JJB sports. After working here and with ten years of experience now under his belt, in 2017 he decided to take the leap and open his own shoe repair business named, ‘Yorkshire Sole’.

The birth of his business is how he became recognised and eventually what got him the job on The Repair Shop.

He quickly became a fan favourite of the show as his first-ever episode took off without a hitch. Dean had the important task of repairing a treasured pair of leather running shoes that athlete Audrey Brown wore whilst competing in the 1936 Berlin Olympic games.

Audrey died in 2005 at 92 and left the bespoke leather shoes to her grandson, Tom, who then brought them to the repair shop in hopes of having them made over.

Dean took them to his shop and worked his magic on them, making them appear almost brand new. Tom was visibly emotional and very touched – along with us lot at home.

Dean said: “The emotion you see on camera, it’s real. No one is acting.”

Dean Westmoreland named Best in the UK

A year before his debut on The Repair Shop, Dean was named the J.Renedenbach Shoe Repairer of the year for 2016.

This is a sought-after national award and the Bradford cobbler was more than happy to be recognised for his work.

The competition involves taking a pair of Goodyear welted shoes and repairing one of them. The competition is open to all of the UK and the prize is deemed one of the most prestigious awards in the repair trade.

After winning the award, Dean hopes his dreams of eventually running his own bespoke shoemaking business will become an easier and more successful journey.

Where is The Repair Shop filmed?

The BBC classic is filmed at The Weald and Downland Living Museum, located by the South Downs National Park near Chichester.

The site is an open-air museum consisting of over 50 historic buildings dating from 950AD to the more recent 19th century, with its key features including gardens, scenic walks and a millpond.

The museum is usually open to visitors seven days a week, from 10:30 to 6 pm. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, these times have differed and if you’re planning a trip to visit you may need to call and check their current opening times.



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