Aug
06
2009

It’s no joke as comic visits schoolboy home on epic journey

[from walesonline.co.uk]

whereintheworldHe may be a world renowned stand-up comedian and Hollywood actor, but to 99-year-old Gwen Watkins, Eddie Izzard will always be the “mischievous little boy next door”.

The flamboyant funny man, currently running a gruelling 1,100 miles across the UK for Sport Relief, paid a visit to his old home in Skewen while on the Welsh leg of his trek and found the time to chat to his former neighbour.

“It was very exciting to see him again, the last time must have been when he was about six,” said Mrs Watkins of the 47-year-old, who lived in the area for a couple of years in the late 60s.

“Even though he’s a big star now he made such a fuss of me and said it was good to be back.”

Having started out from London last Monday on his epic attempt to run the equivalent of 34 marathons in seven weeks, Izzard announced he would be adding extra miles to his journey just so he could revisit the house where he lost his mother Dorothy to cancer.

“I never really got to meet her because she was so ill at the time, but I can remember Eddie and his brother walking to catch the school bus and thinking it was so sad for them both,” Mrs Watkins added.

Asked what the comic was like as a boy, she replied: “He was like most little boys I suppose, full of mischief, but a sweet lad really.”

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