D-Day hero Harold Wiggins, 89, has returned to the spot where 70 years ago he celebrated his part in the Allied offensive by embarking on a bit of how’s-your-father with a grateful French strumpet.
To the cheers of appreciative locals, the octogenarian paratrooper ceremoniously approached a Bayeux massage parlour, Madame de Pompadour’s, saluting the crowd before having his oats with one of the establishment’s current crop of ladies.
‘It was a profound experience for a 19-year-old, exciting and terrifying in equal measure’, Wiggins later reminisced. ‘There was noise and confusion everywhere. You didn’t know if you were going to make it out alive, but you just kept in mind that you had a job to do.’
‘Celine’, who took the place of her grandmother, who ‘gave him one for free’ in 1944, appeared shortly after, reassuring the press she had been ‘well and truly liberated’.