B-Day celebrations for 'Great Escape' D-Day veteran

Bernard with all his birthday cards

A war veteran who turned up in Normandy after he was reported missing from his care home in East Sussex is today celebrating his 90th birthday.

Bernard Jordan was inundated by cards and presents today after he made headline news around the world when he disappeared from his care home in Hove.

The Candy Girls, who met Mr Jordan on his way to France for D-Day will be singing to him as he celebrates his birthday at home.

The veteran has received more than 2,500 birthday cards from around the world after his Normandy adventure.

Mr Jordan said: "I just can't believe it. It's quite overwhelming to be honest. I want to thank everyone who sent me a card or a gift. Sadly I can't thank everyone in person so I hope they get this message. I'm just one man and I'm nothing special. Anyone would think I'd defeated Hitler on my own.

"There were a lot of other people on the beaches of Normandy that day, this lovely attention is for them really, not me."

Bernard Jordan celebrated his 90th birthday

Mr Jordan's disappearance on the 5th June sparked a police search and his whereabouts was only uncovered when a younger veteran from Brighton phoned later that night to say he had met the veteran on a coach on the way to France, and that they were safe and well in a hotel in Ouistreham.

Following Mr Jordan's return, Mayor of Brighton and Hove Brian Fitch said the war veteran should be honoured with the freedom of his home city.

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