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He went on the run from his care home in Sussex and sparked a police alert. But Normandy veteran Bernard Jordan has now arrived back home in Hove - to a hero's welcome. He'd made his own way to the D-Day commemorations after missing an official trip across the Channel.
This report by David Johns, which starts with flash photography, features Bernard Jordan describing his trip.
A 90-year-old veteran found in Normandy after being reported missing from his Sussex care home said he intends to return next year. Bernard Jordan was reported missing on Thursday by staff at The Pines care home in Hove after embarking on his cross-channel trip for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Arriving at Portsmouth on the Brittany Ferries ship Normandie on his return home, he said when asked if he had enjoyed his trip: 'I had a great time. I'm really pleased I did it. It was good, it gets even better as it goes on.'
The former Royal Navy officer said that his wife knew about his trip and when asked if he would go back next year, he said: 'Yes, I expect so, if I am still here definitely.'
The D-Day veteran who disappeared from his Sussex nursing home to attend the 70th anniversary commemorations in Normandy has returned home. Bernard Jordan, 90, was reported missing to Sussex Police after he left The Pines care home in Hove unannounced on Thursday morning.
He was later found in France where he had joined other veterans in France. The former Royal Navy officer was welcomed back by flag waiving staff at The Pines this morning after returning on the ferry via Portsmouth.
Bernard Jordan, who went missing from his Sussex care home, was mayor of Hove in the mid-90s. This is a very shot clip of our footage.
War veteran Bernard Jordan ,who went missing from a nursing home in Hove, has been found in Normandy. Sussex Police were called yesterday (Thursday 5 June) by staff at a nursing home in Hove who said an 89-year-old who lived there had gone out at 10.30am that morning and had not been seen since.
Bernard had gone missing wearing his war medals. He has lived in Hove for his entire life. He served in the Royal navy during the Second World War. He was mayor of Hove in the mid-1990s.
A veteran who went missing from a nursing home in Hove, has been found in Normandy. Sussex Police were called yesterday (Thursday 5 June) by staff at a nursing home in Hove who said an 89-year-old who lived there had gone out at 10.30am that morning and had not been seen since.
The pensioner had gone out with his war medals on.
The nursing home received a phone call from a younger veteran from Brighton at 10.30pm who said he had met the pensioner on a coach on the way to France and that they were safe and well in a hotel in Ouistreham.
Sussex Police say he is fine and with his friends, and will return after D-Day celebrations finish.