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07th Jun 2014

Pic: 89-year old WW2 veteran laps up the attention from the ladies after escaping from care home to go to D-Day celebrations in France

The word hero is overused these days, but this guy is fully deserving of the title. What a legend.

Conor Heneghan

The word hero is overused these days, but this guy is fully deserving of the title. What a legend.

When an 89-year old man is reported missing from a care home one would be forgiven for fearing the worst, but Bernard Jordan is no ordinary man.

A World War Two veteran, Jordan left the care home where he currently resides – The Pines care home in Hove, near Brighton – on Thursday morning at 10.30am wearing a jacket with his war medals underneath and sparked concern when he was nowhere to be seen on Thursday evening.

According to The Guardian, the care home contacted Sussex Police and conducted a search in the local area, checking in local hospitals and with local bus and taxi companies in an attempt to learn of Jordan’s whereabouts, but to no avail.

Then, at 10.30pm, the nursing home received a call from a veteran colleague of Jordan’s to inform them that he had met him on a coach on the way to France to mark the D-Day commemorations and that he was alive and well in a hotel in Ouistreham, where the commemorations were taking place on the beach.

If the story itself wasn’t good enough, a picture of Jordan has subsequently surfaced of him on the ferry to France lapping up the deserved attention of some of the female staff on board; the ladies love a man who plays by his own rules after all.

Bernard has since returned to the nursing home to, in his own words, ‘face the music’, but we imagine they might go easy on him under the circumstances; what can you do but stand back and applaud such a daring but noble quest after all?

Legend.

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