Thurs 3 May, Bushell Hall, Solihull School comedy & variety, family, talks & lectures
Michael 'Eddie the Eagle' Edwards presents his inspirational story
Age UK Solihull in partnership with Solihull School present an evening with Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards at Bushell Hall, Solihull School, Warwick Road, Solihull
Michael Edwards, better known as Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards, was the first competitor to represent the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team in Olympic Ski jumping.
Eddie was working as a plasterer when he qualified as the sole British applicant 30 years ago this year for the 1988 Winter Olympics ski-jumping competition, eventually finishing last in both the 70m and 90m events - and his lack of success endeared him to people across the globe.
In fact, the worse he did, the more popular he became, to the point where he became a media celebrity and appeared on talk shows around the world. Eddie's heroic failures won the hearts and minds of the public and he remains one of our best-loved athletes today.
Following his Olympic career, Eddie released a book called 'On the piste' and much later a song called "Fly Eddie Fly" that reached the Top 50 in the UK. He also recorded two songs in Finnish, titled "Mun nimeni on Eetu" ("Eagle's my name") and "Eddien Siivellä" ("On Eddie's Wing").
Eddie has appeared in the ITV celebrity diving programme 'Splash', where he did a synchro dive with Tom Daley to beat Linda Barker and Jake Canuso in the final public vote. He has also appeared on the Channel 4 show 'The Jump', which focuses on 12 celebrities taking on challenging and dangerous winter sports; he uses his experience to coach the celebrities on their ski jumps and commentates on their performances.
In 2016 the hit film Eddie the Eagle was released, charting Eddie's journey to Calgary. It starred Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman and was a box office success.
In the words of the president of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics: "some competitors have won gold, some have broken records and one has even flown like an eagle".
Join us for a fun and inspiring evening with Eddie, raising money for Age UK Solihull to help pay for our services to older people in the Solihull borough. Refreshments will be available and a raffle held on the evening.
Wheelchair users should buy tickets in the normal way, and then will be placed in a viewing area on the evening by organisers.
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