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Normandy veteran Ken is 'Great British' judge

By Herald Express  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

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THE chairman of South Devon's Normandy veterans has become a celebrity — at the age of 94.

Ken Sturdy appears as a guest judge alongside celebrity chefs on this Friday's BBC Two programme Great British Menu at 7.30pm.

Ken, along with two other war veterans, will star throughout the show as chefs fight it out for the chance to cook at a glorious banquet at St Paul's Cathedral, marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

And Ken will also feature in another BBC programme — still being kept under wraps — to commemorate the historic 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings on June 6.

Ken, who was in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, was a 24-year-old signalman on D-Day, landing on Sword beach to communicate messages back to the ships in the Channel.

His war ended when he was blown up in a minefield in the Netherlands in 1945.

"Minefields are one of the most formidable things in war because even afterwards nobody knows where they are," he said.

"The reality is that war is kind of an unpredictable madness. You do what you have to do."

Ken is also helping with the behind-the-scenes planning for the last ever Normandy Veterans Association service on the historic D-Day slipways at Beacon Quay, which will be held on June 7.

By November this year the NVA nationally will be disbanded because of the great ages of all the survivors, but locally it is hoped to form a veterans' club.

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