The real Champagne Charlie, by actor Chris

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AN ACTOR from Heptonstall has released his first book – based on a show he performed in Calderdale more than 20 years ago.

Christopher Beeching, 68, got back on stage in London for the launch of his biography, The Heaviest of Swells.

The book explores the life of George Leybourne – the original Champagne Charlie – who was one of the most significant influences in British music hall history, best known for his song The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze.

Chris first performed the show at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre in 1988 before taking it across Calderdale for dozens of performances during the 90s.

He later went on to tour the UK.

He said: “The reception from people has been absolutely superb.

“It’s been nostalgic and is a climactic moment for me.

“Everything I’ve done in my career seems to have been leading up to this book launch.”

He added: “It has been nice to put the costumes back on and find that I still fit into them.”

Chris performed the one-man show at the famous Wilton’s Music Hall in London for the book launch. During his time in Halifax he ran a set design company and performed and directed musicals in Ripon, Leeds, Rawdon and Harrogate.

His career spans 45 years and includes appearances in London’s West End in Gone With the Wind and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, as well as several television and film appearances.

Chris now lives in Crete where he is working on Volume II of the biography.

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