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  • LoCo
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    Heard that on radio earlier, great story πŸ˜€

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    Chapeau, chapeau sir.

    ninfan
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    Brilliant!

    Wonder how long he’ll get in the cooler?

    Stevet1
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    Why was he “banned” from going? Can a care home really ban you from going anywhere?

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    Can a care hoem really Ban you from going anywhere?

    not really, they probably just told him they didn’t think it was a good idea.

    but the idea of some old boy sneaking out past a watch tower staffed by Hattie Jaques look-a-likes with his medals pinned to his PJ’s under an old sou’wester is quite an attractive one πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    here he is;

    Premier Icon jambalaya
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    Tremendous. Thanks for sharing.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    well, a bit of delving = maybe that’s him, tweet from Hove care home and people are putting 2 and 2 together;

    https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBgpaHR0cHM6Ly90d2l0cGljLmNvbS9zaG93L2xhcmdlL2U1a3k5bS5qcGcUsAkUqAgAFgASAA&s=CfbTfuQ8z9hXoiE-gtcehyeqdI56cusbZ7Hx_eHLPOU

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    Pin another one on alongside that tremendous collection.

    Proper heroes these, not someone who kicks / hits a ball for a living. And I say that as a devoted sports fan.

    vorlich
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    Great to see. Same goes for Jock Hutton, doing a parachute jump over Normandy 70 years on. πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    It’s been confirmed the bloke above is the one involved.

    bikebouy
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    Good show, proper people just get on with it.

    They should be encouraged not belittled.

    *dofts cap

    bencooper
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    Have we done this yet?

    An 89-year-old WW2 veteran who was banned by his nursing home from going to France for the D-Day commemorations sneaked out and went anyway.

    The pensioner had gone out wearing a grey mac and a jacket underneath with his war medals on, the police force said.

    A spokesman said: “We have spoken to the veteran who called the home today and are satisfied that the pensioner is fine and that his friends are going to ensure he gets back to Hove safely over the next couple of days after the D-Day celebrations finish.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-27735086

    Good work, Sir πŸ˜€

    tang
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    Fantastic!

    ninfan
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    Can a care home really ban you from going anywhere?

    I reckon that with this one, the whole German army couldn’t stop him πŸ˜€

    rogerthecat
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    Awesome, in the true sense of the word.

    hammyuk
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    “Banned” – WTF!
    I’d not only have made sure he got to go – I’d of been sat next to the old bugger!!
    It boils my p*ss that someone thought they knew better and told him no – to deny him the respect to stand next to his friends, to remember, to pay his respects to those who still lie there.
    The care home should be named and shamed.
    I love the tweet from Nev Kemp, the police commander for the City of Brighton & Hove, tweeted: “Love this: 89yr old veteran reported missing by care home who said he can’t go to Normandy for #DDay70 remembrance. We’ve found him there!”
    Sounds like he feels the same as the rest of us πŸ˜‰

    higthepig
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    I’d like to buy that man a beer, next time I’m down that way I’ll try to find him ( providing he is not throwing a ball at the wall in the cooler).

    Good on him

    Premier Icon Bunnyhop
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    Brilliant.

    rossatease
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    Good on him, naturally the ‘care’ home are now denying they refused permission, but what a shame nobody thought to accompany him, to check he’d be OK. – ****.

    acehtn
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    Top Man πŸ™‚

    jag61
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    some amazing stories throughout the day, but i think this beats most of them. Bloody Well done Sir πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ and thankyou
    Damn this high pollen count!! πŸ˜‰

    peterfile
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    t boils my p*ss that someone thought they knew better and told him no – to deny him the respect to stand next to his friends, to remember, to pay his respects to those who still lie there.
    The care home should be named and shamed.

    They didn’t ban him, they just couldn’t get him on a proper trip.

    That’s a non story though, so the more interesting version went viral instead.

    ernie_lynch
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    The care home should be named and shamed.

    The OP’s link clearly names the care home, it’s : The Pines nursing home in Hove.

    Promote that man immediately!
    Hats off!

    Premier Icon paulmgreen
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    Superb…… Grand old fella …… Fair play to him

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    ….and that is why we won the war. πŸ˜†

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    I hope he climbed out the window and disappeared…

    ninfan
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    Wait till they find the Glider on top of his wardrobe!

    MarkBrewer
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    They didn’t ban him, they just couldn’t get him on a proper trip.

    That’s a non story though, so the more interesting version went viral instead.

    Thought there had to be another side to the story as banning sounded a bit extreme.

    But still doesn’t take anything away from him. Love the fact that he’s still got his fighting spirit and went anyway, top man 8)

    grantway
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    Brilliant Good on Him πŸ˜‰

    acehtn
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    He is now on his way back to Stalag luft Pines, his Mrs is awaiting his return and not impressed πŸ™‚

    That might have something to do with the photo flashed on the news this morning of him clutching a bag of duty free, while posing with 4 ladies in uniform πŸ™‚

    When i grow up/old i want to be like him.

    robgclarkson
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    it’s a total non story which ever way you look at it…

    “man goes to france without telling wife”

    quick, i’m just going to make a call to big whoop magazine πŸ™„

    Premier Icon Coyote
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    Yeah rob, whatever.

    jaylittle
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    It appears he was too late to book onto an organised trip. The ferry company that brought him back have offered free trips in the future to any further WWII events.

    ninfan
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    I’ll bet he’s not had to buy a pint all weekend, the sly old bugger!

    For what it’s worth, I think the ‘we couldn’t get him on an organised trip’ is a bit weak, had they contacted one of the regimental or ships organisations, or even put out something on twitter, then heaven and earth would have been moved to get him there!

    acehtn
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    Media spin and PR story is ace.

    Brittany ferries photo of him with duty free and 4 ladies in uniform πŸ™‚

    2 and 3 Para adopted him on the trip home and looked after there new best mate πŸ™‚

    Going on forum chatter elsewhere, he might have a busy week with lots of post from squaddies, bottles of scotch and maybe the odd baseball glove and ball.

    hora
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    We should write to him to thank him and for his journey

    oldgit
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    Looks like he pulled as well 8)

    robdob
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    For what it’s worth, I think the ‘we couldn’t get him on an organised trip’ is a bit weak, had they contacted one of the regimental or ships organisations, or even put out something on twitter, then heaven and earth would have been moved to get him there!

    I would have booked holiday off at short notice, driven him there and paid for a top hotel for him to stay in and all the food and drink he wanted.
    It still wouldn’t be enough to say thank you enough, but I’d consider it my duty to get him there and treat him like a king for the duration.

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