Published: 14:00, 21 October 2014
| Updated: 14:25, 21 October 2014
A Second World War veteran from east Kent received a “big hug” from movie star Brad Pitt at the premiere of new film Fury.
Peter Comfort, 91, of Chapel Lane, Ripple, near Deal, was invited to the London Film Festival screening on Sunday as a thank you for helping the actor with his role on the set last year.
Fury stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman and follows a Sherman crew as they take on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.
Mr Comfort served in the 13/18 Royal Hussars Queen Mary’s Own and was assigned to the Sherman tanks – the tanks involved in D-Day.
He visited the actor on the set of Fury in Hertfordshire last year to give him an idea of what life was like inside the tanks, and attended the premiere with him last week.
He said: “When Brad Pitt arrived he got out of the car and spotted me and walked over and gave me a big hug and said 'you come with me' and we walked up the carpet so far together.
“He did say I hope we got it all right from last year when I spent the day with him and I suppose he did.
“In reality he and his tank crew were all grown men, whereas we were only in our early 20s.”
Mr Comfort was just 21 when he fought in D-Day and is now the last survivor of his regiment.
He added: “It was an excellent film, very well done and very authentic.”
Mr Comfort also attended the premiere with his granddaughter Annabell Church, 23, a solicitor in London and said Sony supplied a “swish limousine” for the evening.
He added: “The story line was very good but I’m no film buff, I never watch films.”
"The story line was very good but I’m no film buff, I never watch films" - Peter Comfort
Mr Comfort landed at Sword beach, Ouistreham, on D-Day, June 6, 1944, where the British infantry were supposed to seize the city of Caen from the Germans.
Out of 36 tanks, 32 hit the shore but on Omaha beach where the American tanks were they all sank.
By the end of D-Day 350 were wounded and 140 killed.
He added: “We did our training from Gosport and daily for three months invaded the Isle of Wight and Osborne Bay. The only time I’ve ever been on the Isle of Wight was in a tank.”
Mr Comfort explained that Fury is set after D-Day during the last month of the war.
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