Celebrating our residents: Mayor of Hove Bernard Jordan
Getting to know our residents and the fascinating tiny details about their lives is at the heart of our personalised care approach at Gracewell Healthcare.
Many of our residents have lived extraordinary lives and have fantastic stories to tell and in this blog we’re delighted to share with you Bernard Jordan’s amazing story.
Bernard, who has lived at The Pines since January, enjoyed an impressive political career and was Mayor of Hove from 1995 to 1996.
Bernard with a photo of himself as Mayor
90-year-old Bernard has lived in Hove his whole life. He served in the Second World War in the Royal Navy and upon returning married his sweetheart, Irene, and began his professional calling.
Bernard looks back on his career modestly and believed he was very fortunate to serve his community.
“I was able to take my chance, serve the people of my town and do a job I loved. I am very proud of what I was able to do.
“For anyone who is interested in becoming Mayor you must be prepared to work hard.”
The former Mayor says the highlight of his working-life was meeting the ‘Iron Lady’ herself, Margaret Thatcher.
“It was definitely one of my favourite memories. She was an amazingly strong lady. When she visited Brighton I got the chance to meet her and it was a very proud moment for me.”
In 1999 Bernard was presented with a special award for his dedication as a local councillor for 34 years.
Bernard still has a keen interest in politics and also loves supporting his favourite football team, Brighton and Hove Albion.
UPDATE 16th June 2014 – Its Bernies 90th Birthday today, read about it here and see the story of his amazing life http://blog.gracewell.co.uk/happy-90th-birthday-bernard-jordan/