Honour for veteran who escaped for D-Day

The mayor or Brighton (left) and Bernard Jordan
The mayor or Brighton (left) and Bernard Jordan
Picture: Malcolm Wells

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A 90-YEAR-OLD D-Day veteran who fled his care home to attend the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion in France has been honoured by his home city.

Former Royal Navy officer Bernard Jordan made his own way from Brighton to Portsmouth to catch a ferry to Normandy for the commemorations last month.

Now he has been made an honorary alderman of Brighton and Hove, where he now lives.

Mr Jordan was collected from his care home in the mayor of Brighton’s personal chauffeur-driven car and driven to a reception at Brighton Town Hall.

He joins a select band of more than 30 men and women who have been made honorary aldermen since 1997.

Asked why he travelled across to Normandy, Mr Jordan said: ‘My thoughts were with my mates who had been killed.

‘I was going across to pay my respects. I was a bit off course but I got there.’

As reported in The News, Portsmouth-based Brittany Ferries laid on a cabin and meals for the veteran as he made his way back home from France. The ferry firm has promised him free crossings to the D-Day commemorations for the rest of his life.

Mr Jordan was reported missing shortly before the D-Day anniversary on June 6 by the care home at which he is a resident.

He was found as he made his way across to France where world leaders had gathered to pay respects.