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Superstar comedian inspires Cumbrian students

Published on: Wednesday 1st June 2016
Categorised under: Learn , Barrow, College, Education, Lake District

Top comedian and marathon man Eddie Izzard shared his words of wisdom with students at Barrow Sixth Form College yesterday (Tuesday, May 31).

The star led a ‘Brexit’ debate with students and urged them to register to vote in the EU referendum by June 7 and vote on June 23.

He said: “I’ve got a motto, if you shoot for the stars you can reach the moon. And that is what I believe in, have a dream and heading forwards.

“It’s great that students are doing politics here at Sixth Form. I love it when young people are engaged.”

Eddie revealed that he was glad to be back in Cumbria after running through The Lake District in 2009 as part of a seven week challenge of back-to-back marathon runs to raise money for Sport Relief.

He said: “It’s my first gig in Barrow-in-Furness and I love the great countryside around here.

“When I was running marathon 18 in Cumbria it got surreal because people didn’t believe I’d run from London.”

The star – who plans to run for MP in 2020 – hopes to return to Cumbria during a break in his busy schedule.

He said: “I did a writing holiday up in The Lake District in a little cottage and that was great. I should have some more holidays here.”

Last night the comedian played his Force Majeure show at The Beggar’s Theatre, in Millom, in three languages - English, French and German.

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