Search

Barnsbury singer serenades D-day runaway Bernard Jordan

14:31 11 June 2014

Freyja Sculpher, Marielle Rivallain, Bernard Jorda, Debbie Watts and Elkie Jeffery

Freyja Sculpher, Marielle Rivallain, Bernard Jorda, Debbie Watts and Elkie Jeffery

Archant

Britain’s favourite D-day veteran was serenaded by an Islington trio on his secret trip to Normandy last week.

Bernard Jordan, 89, shot to fame last week when he snook out of a care home in Hove to attend a special ceremony for the 70th anniversary of D-day.

And it was 1920s themed harmony group Candy Girls, formed by Barnsbury resident Elkie Jeffery, who had the pleasure of singing to the former Royal Navy Lieutenant on the ferry to the French coast.

Miss Jeffery, 30, of Arundel Square, said: “It was amazing, we were doing shows three times a day on the cruise.

“It was incredibly moving, the veterans were dancing with us and we were welling up and so were they – they were such lovely gentlemen.

“They were typical cheeky chappy soldiers, saying things like ‘if I were 50 years younger’, they were a delight.”

All three of the Candy Girls are full time singers and singing teachers. Go to the-candy-girls.co.uk for more information.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

13:07
Sajda Mughal, who survived the 7/7 bombing at King's Cross in 2005, who was awarded with an OBE for services to Community Cohesion and Interfaith Dialogue, after an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 26, 2015. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The only Muslim survivor of the 7/7 London bombings has urged the country to stand together against the growing threat of Islamophobia the way it did against terrorism a decade ago.

She was taking her savings to the bank when the thieves pounced

They pushed her down the stairs and injured her leg

11:38
7/7 survivor Gill Hicks hugs PC Andy Maxwell, who came to her aid when she was injured at Kings Cross Station in London nearly 10 years ago, as Ms Hicks and faith leaders retraced where the devastating 7/7 London bombings took. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 6, 2015. The small procession is part of an initiative calling on people in London to

A survivor of the 7/7 London terror attacks has had an emotional reunion with one of her saviours yesterday.

The scene in London on 7/7. Picture: Francis Tyers

A look back on the Gazette’s coverage of the atrocities and the victims from the borough killed.

Most read news

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder