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The Courage Award

20 October 2014  – Bernard Jordan, who caused a stir when he went to Normandy last year without letting anyone know, received the Brighton and Hove Older People’s Award for Courage last week. The judges were looking for someone who had shown extreme courage and who had been brave, plucky, fearless, daring and intrepid! The judges also wanted to acknowledge the significance of the winner’s courage and the impression it had made on those around them. The nominees were all extraordinary in their own ways, and the winner was someone who made news headlines as he embarked on a courageous journey, by taking what amounted to a solo voyage to France for the D-Day commemoration event earlier this year. Surreptitiously, he departed from his home in the early hours and made his way across the Channel to a place he ultimately felt he needed to be. This person has shown great courage throughout his life, but this most recent escapade was perhaps the most public. Bernard did not make it to the ceremony at the Grand, so sponsors Brighton and Hove Buses along with Cllr Brian Fitch, Mayor of Brighton and Hove, arranged for Bernard to receive the award in the Mayor’s Parlour last week.