D-Day veteran Bernard Jordan's funeral held in Brighton

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Media captionA joint funeral was held for Bernard and Irene Jordan

The funeral has been held of the Sussex war veteran who made headlines across the world when he left his care home to attend D-Day commemorations in France.

Bernard Jordan, 90, died on 30 December. His widow Irene, 88, to whom he had been married for 59 years, died a week later.

The couple, who left their entire estate to the RNLI, had been living at The Pines care home in Hove.

A joint public funeral service has taken place in Brighton.

Mr Jordan, a World War Two veteran and former mayor of Hove, sparked a police search last June when he left his care home unannounced and travelled to the D-Day events in Normandy wearing his war medals.

He joined British veterans, many making the final journey to visit the scene of the invasion and to commemorate their fallen comrades.

He was later made an honorary alderman of Brighton and Hove.

Bob Dale, BBC Sussex

At the scene

In the sunshine of a freezing winter's day, Bernard and Irene Jordan made their last journey together. Nothing could be more appropriate for a couple who, in life, were described as "inseparable" and "devoted".

The Royal Navy veteran may have gained international fame through his exploits during last year's D-Day commemoration, but in Brighton and Hove Bernard Jordan will be remembered as a long-serving councillor, even switching sides from the Conservatives to Labour.

The current Brighton and Hove City Council were well represented, as were the Royal British Legion and the RNLI, the organisation which will benefit from a £600,000 bequest.

As befitted a military man, the ceremony started right on time.

At 11:30, a pair of hearses pulled up side by side outside Saint Michael and All Angels Church in Brighton.

With TV cameras rolling and newspaper photographers clicking, the coffins were carried inside - Bernard's draped with a Union Flag - past an honour guard of four standard bearers, carrying the flags of the Royal British Legion, the Royal Navy Association, and another Union Flag.

After a private service, Bernard and Irene re-emerged, to finish their last journey together.

Mourners, including war veterans and RNLI members, packed St Michael and All Angels Church in Brighton.

Brighton and Hove mayor Brian Fitch paid tribute to Mr Jordan's exploits in France, saying they showed his "determination, focus, selflessness and commitment" to honour a cause he believed in.

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Image caption Irene and Bernard Jordan had been married for 59 years and died a week apart from each other

"What really captured the public's imagination was not his own scheduled flit from the Pines [care home] but the character of the man - a person determined to honour and value his comrades despite his increasing age and less than perfect health," he said.

Mr Fitch also paid tribute to Mrs Jordan as "demure and quiet", adding that "she was the perfect foil for her gregarious and big-hearted husband".

The couple had no children.

The service was led by assistant curate Father Mark Lyon, who said: "Although Bernie made the headlines, it's a testament to the depth of her that Rene would not allow him to make this final journey alone.

"In this we can take comfort, knowing that they make their journey into eternity together, hand in hand."

After the Last Post sounded, Royal British Legion standard bearers lowered their flags before mourners filed out of the church ahead of a private committal.

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Image caption A joint public funeral service for Irene and Bernard Jordan was held at St Michael and All Angels Church

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