Normandy 'great escapee' returns home to 'face the music'

An 89-year-old war veteran found in Normandy after being reported missing by staff at his care home in Hove, Sussex, is making his way home "to face the music".

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Care home: Veteran can come and go as he pleases

Gracewell Healthcare, which runs the care home that reported 89-year-old Bernard Jordan as missing before he turned up in Normandy, said it is "definitely not the case" that the veteran was banned from attending the D-Day commemorations.

Gracewell Healthcare can confirm that The Pines care home resident Bernard Jordan attended the D-Day commemorations in Normandy today.

Mr Jordan has full capacity, which means that he can come and go from the home as he pleases, which he does on most days. At no stage was he banned from going to the commemorations.

In fact, staff at the home tried to get Mr Jordan on to an accredited tour with the Royal British Legion but, due to the last-minute nature of the request, this was not possible.

Mr Jordan was reported missing to the police yesterday evening as a matter of caution because he did not return form his normal trip to town and when he left had not told us he was still intent on trying to get to Normandy.

At Gracewell Healthcare we celebrate the individuality of our residents' lives and are in awe of the part Mr Jordan played in the D-Day invasion 70 years ago.

– Peter Curtis, chief executive of Gracewell Healthcare

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