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The Lady Meets The Eagle

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on Friday, 05 August 2016
James Crawford-Smith got the chance to meet Eddie Edwards at the Eddie the Eagle movie DVD launch this week...

Eddie Edwards was just an ordinary boy from Cheltenham once upon a time - learning to be a plasterer. Well on Wednesday night I attended a special screening of a movie dedicated to the life story of that plasterer, held at the Ice Bar and attended by a handful of stars... well semi-stars, and Dame Kelly Holmes!

The Eddie the Eagle movie tells the tale of England's first competitor since 1929 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. The DVD release party was held in the very apt location of the Ice Bar, off Regents Street.

james-blogJames meets Eddie Edwards and Dame Kelly Holmes

As I walked in I had a cape thrust upon me with fur lined hood and gloves attached, I was guided through some frosted double doors and taken into a world of (well unsurprisingly), a world of ice. Drinks were served in a two inch thick ice cup, the goal on a usual night I was told, was to see if you could stay in the ice room until your glass had melted. I'm glad to say I wasn't given that challenge.

After sampling what the ice room had to offer I was joined by a team of journalists as we had a photograph taken with Eddie, and mingled with the other guests, which included a rather famous Beatle's ex-wife and amateur snow sports fan, an ex-boy-band heartthrob and a soap star and of course - Olympic angel Dame Kelly Holmes. All of whom followed Eddie down to the screening room where we settled in for the film.

For part of the experience Eddie sat behind me and I caught a glimpse of him watching his life's story unfold- 'it must be surreal I thought. It's not the usual thing is it to watch your own life on screen'. Well if the Eddie the Eagle movie taught me anything – it's that Eddie Edwards from Cheltenham was and still is anything but usual.
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