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Older Persons Courage Award: Bernard Jordan

By Jennifer Drury

 
Photo:The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Brian Fitch with Bernard Jordan

The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Brian Fitch with Bernard Jordan

┬ęTony Mould: all images copyright protected

Well done Bernie!

Bernard Jordan became a national hero and media sensation when he ‘escaped’ from his care home in Hove, to travel to Normandy for D-Day celebrations. He had been unable to get a place on an organised tour, so undeterred he went AWOL and travelled under his own steam, sparking off a police search in the process. Bernard was a well-known face in Brighton and Hove, having served twenty three years as a Hove borough councillor, two years as a city councillor, as well as serving as mayor in 1995/96.

Our photograph shows Bernard Jordan, with the Mayor of Brighton and Hove Councillor Brian Fitch, who presented him with the Older Persons Courage Award. Well done Bernie - you can't keep a good man down.

This page was added on 17/10/2014.
Comments about this page

I have had the pleasure of knowing Bernie for nearly thirty years and I still see him busing his way about Brighton and his mind is as sharp as ever. A true gentleman.

By Marilyn jones (07/11/2014)

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