From left, Deputy West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower, West Norfolk Mayor David Whitby, the Deputy Mayor’s consort Simon Bower, Sir Henry Bellingham, Hunstanton Mayor James Johnson and West Norfolk Mayoress Linda Whitby surrounding Harry Brown. Picture: Tony Jones.

World War II hero Harry Brown received  the distinguished Legion D’Honneur medal at Hunstanton Day Centre on Tuesday.

Mr Brown, 92, served in the Royal Navy aboard Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs) which acted as a minesweepers and escorts to a troopships for the D-Day landings.

The award, presented by North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham, is given to D-Day veterans as a way of honouring and thanking those who fought and risked their lives to secure France’s liberation during the war.

Mr Brown’s daughter-in-law Gill Brown said: “He was very proud to receive his medal. His family and friends were there to see him get it and it was a lovely day.”

Sir Henry said: “It was a huge honour to present at the ceremony to give this incredibly distinguished award to a great local hero.

“All subsequent generations owe a gratitude to all those who put their lives at risk during the last war, and in particular to those who took part in one of the most challenging battles in our history.

“I am very proud to have been able to meet a true hero.”

After the event Mr Brown enjoyed a celebration at Rebecca Court in Heacham.