Now the Ea­gle has landed a stage show!

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ED­DIE ‘The Ea­gle’ Ed­wards is to take a front row seat in his home town the­atre to see his life story told on stage.

Splash! win­ner Ed achieved overnight fame when he came LAST in the Win­ter Olympic ski-jump in 1988.

And his pro­file has soared again since tak­ing top spot in the ITV1’s Satur­day night div­ing con­test.

Now a play about his re­mark­able life is to be staged at the Every­man The­atre in Chel­tenham, Gloucs – where Ed­die’s fam­ily still live – next week.

Ac­tor Nik How­den will play Ed­die in the show, Fly Ed­die Fly, which tells of his rise to promi­nence from his first school ski­ing trip at the age of 13 to be­com­ing the first per­son to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain in Olympic ski jump­ing in 1988.

Ed­die, 49, who re­mains the Bri­tish ski jump record holder, beamed: “I was hon­oured when I found out they were plan­ning to make a play based on my life.”

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