One of Rotherham United’s biggest fans melted the hearts of TV viewers after appearing on a heartwarming restoration programme.
Peter Whiting (74), of Rawmarsh, took part on BBC’s The Repair Show alongside his daughter Angela in a quest to restore his prized 30-year-old Rotherham United flat cap.
The programme is known for transforming and bringing fresh life to loved pieces of family history.
Peter has been supporting the Millers since 1957 and his flat cap has been with him everywhere since 1992, including for the Millers’ play-off wins at Wembley in 2014 and 2018.
However, the lucky mascot was in need of some TLC after so many years of being worn at Millmoor and the New York Stadium.
Peter said: “I decided to buy a Millers flat cap from the club shop in 1992 for £6.
“It’s been my lucky cap and I’ve worn it during many memorable occasions over the years.
“It goes with me to every game and if we’re losing, I will put the lucky cap on and it does the trick.
“It’s now part of me and who I am.
“But it’s had some wear and tear over the years and was looking like it would collapse.
“So we applied to go on one of my favourite shows, The Repair Show, back in 2020.”
Peter said he had been “ecstatic” to have been accepted onto the programme with the help of his daughter, Angela, and they went along for the recording last July.
Angela said: “It was such an amazing experience to go there with my dad.
“It was a pleasure to meet Jayesh Vaghela and Jay Blades who were so lovely.
“To be there with my dad was an unbelievable moment that we will cherish forever.
“Seeing my dad’s face when he looked at the cap for the first time was very emotional and it will stay with me for a long time.
“I will keep that memory with me forever and it’s something I will never forget.
“I’m so proud of him.”
There was an outpouring of support for Peter and Angela on social media, with viewers saying how they had done the town “proud”.
Peter said: “It was great to see all the messages of support on social media.
“Some said it was a really heartwarming moment to see us on the show.
“People have even stopped us on the street to say ‘well done’ for making the whole of Rotherham proud.
“It was a truly magical occasion and we will be grateful to those who helped us on the day to restore a beloved family treasure.
“I’ve worn it this season and I hope it will bring us luck next season.”