Repair Shop star Dom Chinea becomes beekeeper – and is buzzing about it

Repair Shop star Dom Chinea has become a beekeeper.

The 34-year-old is hosting tens of thousands of them in his garden at his Kent home and he’s buzzing about it.

He said: “I’ve been beekeeping for just over a year. I’m still an amateur, but I enjoy learning new skills.

“I have one hive. In the summer it gets really busy. There are tens of thousands in there. They don’t come into the house. They go off and come back. So it’s fine.

“And I get honey from them. And I have actually used beeswax from my bees for a chair I worked on for The Repair Shop.”

Metal worker Dom’s new hobby puts his health at risk because he is allergic to bee stings.

But he has no plans to quit because he loves it so much.

He said: “It’s a bit daunting. It’s a new experience. The first time I lifted up the lid and saw thousands of bees flying around it was nerve-wracking.

“I have a bee suit. And they’re not really bothered about you. They leave you alone and get on with whatever they’re doing. So it’s fine. It’s going well. I haven’t been stung yet.”

Meanwhile, Repair Shop co-star Jay Blades recently revealed he 'couldn't see tomorrow' in his mental health battle.

Jay said that five or six years ago he "hit rock bottom".

In a candid interview with One Show hosts Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas, Jay started by thanking the community of The Repair Shop.

Jay said: "The biggest repair job we've ever done on The Repair Shop is me.

"The community of The Repair Shop has helped me helped me get back to my normal self.

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"About five or six years ago I fell down and I was in a really dark place – so I hit rock bottom basically.

"And mental health wise I couldn't see tomorrow. It was a case of there was no future for me and when you can't see tomorrow there's no need to exist today."

Thanking his Repair Shop team, he continued: "Just going through The Repair Shop, going through everybody that's supported me they've all got me back to where I should be".

  • The Repair Shop is on Wednesday at 8pm on BBC One.

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