A Bond-style treat for hero

Sgt Rick Clement (centre, in red), with Armed Forces members and Jeremy Clarkson and Beverley Knight.
Sgt Rick Clement (centre, in red), with Armed Forces members and Jeremy Clarkson and Beverley Knight.
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Blackpool war hero Sgt Rick Clement had the chance to be treated like a star for the night when he was invited to the Royal world premiere of the new James Bond film Skyfall.

The South Shore soldier attended the prestigious, star-studded red carpet bash at the Royal Albert Hall, after 50 pairs of tickets were donated to forces charity Tickets for Troops.

Servicemen and women enjoyed a special drinks reception before watching the film, at the Royal College of Art, and got the chance to mingle with stars such as Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson and singer Beverley Knight.

Among the stars on the red carpet were X-Factor judge and mentor Tulisa Contostavlos and pop band JLS.

The event was also attended by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cambridge.

Sgt Clement – who lost both his legs in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan – said it had been a fantastic evening.

He added: “I really enjoyed the whole night and the Bond film.

“It was typical Bond of course, with everything you’d expect – it was great.

“The Royal Albert Hall was a very impressive venue and we were sitting just in front of JLS.

“I just got the phone call the other Friday inviting me. It was quite short notice, but there’s no way you’d turn down something like that!

“I think it’s a really nice idea Tickets for Troops organises events like this, it was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me.

“You felt you were almost a star for the night.”

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