VIDEO: ‘Nice to be in a room where everyone is as legless as me’

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Singer Pharrell Williams, actor Emma Watson and Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi have something in common.

They’ve been beaten by South Shore’s Rick Clement. A magazine front cover featuring the resort’s war hero has won a national award.

The photograph of Rick, who ‘died’ twice in the hours after he stepped on a Taliban bomb, was taken by rock star Bryan Adams for the Big Issue.

At a glittering ceremony at the PPA Awards - dubbed the magazine industry’s Oscars - Rick’s cover won, and then the man himself brought the house down with an on-stage quip.

“I just want to say,” Rick told a lively crowd at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, “that it’s nice to be in a room where there are just as many legless people as myself”.

It sparked a riotous response, with rock star Adams, stood behind Clement, unable to stop laughing.

“It was great to get the award,” added Rick. “To be fair, when Bryan turned up I had a feeling we might have won - it was a bit of a clue.

“We had a brilliant night - we didn’t get to bed till 5am. How was I the next morning? It’s fair to say I’ve felt better...”

Adams, famous for hits including Everything I Do, I Do It For You, took the collection of intimate images of Rick last year for an exhibition in London.

The portraits have a personal link for Adams, whose grandfather and father were in the British Army.

Rick, who also served in Northern Ireland and Iraq during a 14-year military career, said: “The photograph means the world to me, and I think The Big Issue cover speaks to anyone that has lost someone in the Armed Forces or has been affected in their own way.

“It’s a very proud picture for me. I was still serving at the time, so I was still able to wear my mess dress.

“It was the last photograph of me wearing the uniform and basically marked the end of my army career.”

Rick, then 30, was leading a routine patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when he stepped on a hidden Taliban bomb.

He lost both legs in the blast, as well as his ability to father children.

Now, after being fitted with new prosthetic legs, Rick, 35, is working hard to fulfil his ambition of walking to lay a wreath at Blackpool cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.

He walked for the first time on the legs - which cost around £50,000 each - last December, using bars to keep him steady.

He hopes he will have made enough progress by November to walk by himself to the cenotaph.

Rick said: “I still don’t know if walking unaided will be possible by then, but I’d like to think some form of walking will be possible.

“Until I have a better idea of what I will be able to do, I don’t know what the plans will be, but I don’t want to make a big deal of it — it’s more of a personal target.”

His charity, A Soldier’s Journey, has already raised more than £200,000 for injured servicemen and women and their families.