Calls for D-Day hero to be honoured

Bernard Jordan

Bernard Jordan

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PLANS are under way to honour D-Day runaway hero Bernard Jordan with the freedom of the city.

Brighton and Hove mayor Brian Fitch is recommending the 89-year-old war hero be awarded the highest honour in the city for the way his “spirit and determination” has “captured the imagination of all generations”.

Councillor Fitch is writing to the Brighton and Hove City Council chief executive Penny Thompson recommending that Mr Jordan be given the freedom of Brighton and Hove.

If granted, Mr Jordan would join a select number of VIPs to be granted the accolade, such as First World War hero Henry Allingham, Olympic champion Steve Ovett, Burmese democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi and The Argus’ very own Adam Trimingham.

Mr Jordan is settling back into life at The Pines care home in Furze Hill in Hove after making his own way to France for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

The pensioner left the care home with his medals hidden under his coat after being told there was no room on a Royal British Legion tour.

Police launched a missing person’s search but a fellow veteran called to say Mr Jordan was in France and he became a media sensation.

He was paid by the Daily Mail for exclusive interviews at the weekend and was contracted to ITV yesterday.

The former Hove mayor, who turns 90 next Monday, returned to the city on Saturday morning to a hero’s welcome from staff who laid out bunting and flags.

Not only did Mr Jordan manage to make it to France single-handedly, but he also evaded security to get within 100 yards of international dignitaries including the Queen at the official D-Day ceremony, only to walk out again because of boredom, according to reports by The Daily Mail.

Coun Fitch has invited Mr Jordan to the mayor’s parlour today for a meeting planning the city’s Armistice Day celebrations in November.

Coun Fitch said: “I will be putting it to the council that we should honour our heroes like Bernard Jordan for his fantastic and successful effort in getting to Normandy against all the odds.

“It’s that spirit and determination that led Britain and its allies to liberate Europe from the tyranny of the Nazis.

“It’s not often that you get the opportunity to give the city’s highest honour to someone who has served as a councillor but I feel that it’s really fitting to honour him in this way.”

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6:40am Tue 10 Jun 14

Plantpot says...

The mayor says we should honour "our" heroes. So does he mean all of the Normandy veterans or just one of them? What about the guys who fought in all the other theatres of war in WW2 (including supposedly non-combatants like the merchant seamen and the guys that went down the mines and the women that dug for victory and kept society going while the men were away? What about the guys that fought in Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland?
The mayor says we should honour "our" heroes. So does he mean all of the Normandy veterans or just one of them? What about the guys who fought in all the other theatres of war in WW2 (including supposedly non-combatants like the merchant seamen and the guys that went down the mines and the women that dug for victory and kept society going while the men were away? What about the guys that fought in Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland? Plantpot
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7:11am Tue 10 Jun 14

gazzamagoo says...

This is getting silly now...
This is getting silly now... gazzamagoo
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9:46am Tue 10 Jun 14

Frank28 says...

I would support that honour for Bernard Jordan. His recent determined actions make me feel a bit more proud to be British.
I would support that honour for Bernard Jordan. His recent determined actions make me feel a bit more proud to be British. Frank28
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10:07am Wed 11 Jun 14

Kedge says...

Good luck to the old boy, but his care home didn't say he couldn't go. He left his decision too late to be included in an official party and it wasn't actually a "great escape" as he is free to leave the home at any time.
His enterprise certainly added to the gaiety of the nation, but the suggestion of an award smacks of a council in the doldrums trying rather cynically to bask in the reflected glory.
Good luck to the old boy, but his care home didn't say he couldn't go. He left his decision too late to be included in an official party and it wasn't actually a "great escape" as he is free to leave the home at any time. His enterprise certainly added to the gaiety of the nation, but the suggestion of an award smacks of a council in the doldrums trying rather cynically to bask in the reflected glory. Kedge
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2:40pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

I doubt very much that Lt Jordan thinks he is any kind of a hero at all.
That little word 'hero' is getting bandied about too much these days.
Lt Jordan like so many other people did their jobs and would have been as nervous, and as downright scared, as any sensible person should be.
I doubt very much that Lt Jordan thinks he is any kind of a hero at all. That little word 'hero' is getting bandied about too much these days. Lt Jordan like so many other people did their jobs and would have been as nervous, and as downright scared, as any sensible person should be. Old Ladys Gin
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