Eddie Kidd to carry Olympic torch through Lewes

Eddie Kidd and his roadshow team will be at the South of England Show in June
Eddie Kidd and his roadshow team will be at the South of England Show in June

FORMER daredevil stuntman Eddie Kidd will be one of the Olympic torchbearers in Lewes on Tuesday (July 17).

Eddie, 52, who lives in Peacehaven, suffered serious brain injuries following a crash at a motorcycle rally in 1996, leaving him with severely restricted co-ordination and speech.

Over the past eight years he has fought to regain some of the mobility he lost and completed the London Marathon last year - raising almost £100,000 for charity.

Speaking through his wife Sami, he said: “I’m very proud to carry the torch. It’s the biggest thing I’ve done since jumping the Great Wall of China.”

Eddie, pictured with his famous-names London Marathon support team, first stunned spectators in December 1979 when he jumped 80ft (24m) across a derelict railway bridge in Essex on a 400cc Yamaha.

His achievements culminated in 1993 when he jumped the Great Wall of China and beat Robbie Knievel, son of Evel Knievel, to the stunt bike world championship.

Although his life drastically changed following the crash in Warwickshire three years later, Eddie refused to let his disability get him down.

He took 50 days to complete the 26.2-mile London Marathon last year, walking up to a mile a day with a specially adapted frame.

It was an achievement his wife described at the time as his “greatest feat”.

Sami said: “I’m really proud of him because he’s made British history so many times, and he’s going to be doing it again. Eddie added: “I’m doing it to show that anything is possible. I will love it. I’m a big show-off... It will be wicked.”