A Blackpool soldier injured while fighting in Afghanistan is the focus of a new exhibition by a world-famous rock star.
Sgt Rick Clement, 34, of South Shore, is to be showcased in a moving exhibition of photographs by Bryan Adams in London later this month.
Wounded: The Legacy of War, is an exhibition of photographs by singer Adams – famous for hits including Everything I Do, I Do It For You – of young British servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries on military duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sgt Clement, who lost both his legs when he stepped on an explosive in 2010, will feature at Somerset House in London.
He said Mr Adams had asked several times for him to pose for a picture – even allowing him to stay in his spare room at his London home during the shoot.
He added: “The pictures were taken around 16, 17 months ago for a book called Wounded.
“The exhibition in London is linked to that. I had a phone call from Bryan’s personal assistant and they had asked several times for me to come. Because of my injuries, I knew I would not be able to make it there and back in a day, so said I would have to stay over – next thing he invited me to stay at his house in his spare room.
“It turned out he had a studio at his home and we did the pictures there.”
Sgt Clement said Adams was “very friendly and chatty”, adding he put him at ease during the shoot and even directed him to his local pub in the evening.
The soldier, a member of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, said the exhibit would be moving for many.
He added: “This year seems to be bigger than ever with the centenary of the First World War and Remembrance Day coming up, as well as the poppies near the Tower of London.
“The Wounded book was quite poignant and profound, and I expect the exhibition to be similar.”
The intimate portraits have a personal link for Adams, whose grandfather and father were in the British Army.
He said: “When we first discussed the idea of this project five years ago, I always envisaged it as an exhibition so I’m thrilled it’s finally come full circle and it’s going to be exhibited at the prestigious Somerset House.”
Sgt Clement said he will travel to London on November 11 for a special preview of the exhibition, before it launches the following day.
The exhibition will continue until January 25 and is open from 10am to 6pm daily, with admission free.