Piers Morgan is ‘left in tears’ after D-Day veteran, 94, cries on GMB while describing his ‘marvellous’ life and ‘wonderful’ carers
- Navy veteran Ken Benbow, 94, appeared on GMB to commemorate V.E. Day
- Broke down in tears when talking about support from his ‘wonderful’ carer Kia
- Piers Morgan, who is recovering at home, retweeted the video with crying emoji
Piers Morgan was left emotional by the beautiful moment a D-Day veteran broke down in tears as he praised his carers for the ‘marvellous’ life he has had.
The presenter, 55, posted a crying emoji with footage of navy veteran Ken Benbow, 94, trying in vain to hold back tears as he thanked his carer Kia Tobin for her support.
The World War Two soldier was making an appearance on Good Morning Britain to commemorate V.E. Day.
But when the D-Day hero was asked what he thought about his dedicated 17-year-old carer, he welled up with emotion as he attempted to show his appreciation.
Fighting back tears, he added: ‘I think she looks beautiful, she is lovely in every way. And so is everyone in the home. They couldn’t do more for you. You couldn’t wish to be in a better home anywhere.’
Piers, who is preparing to return to work on Monday following a short illness, shared the video with a crying emoji.
Dozens of viewers followed suit, saying that the special moment had reduced them to tears as well.
One said: ‘Ken Benbow you made me cry such a lovely man I salute you !! Thankyou.’
Another fan wrote: Hands up if you had tears in your eyes again when Ken Benbow and @KiaTobin were on #GMB.’
And one more commented: ‘Ohh ken & Kia such a lovely story so glad he’s happy in his home #Gmb.’
Mr Benbow, who went viral for a video which showed his care home carer, Kia Tobin, handed him a cushion with his late wife’s image on it, spoke about how much celebrating V.E. Day means to him.
‘I wasn’t in the UK when V.E Day happened. I happened to be in the Pacific, we were on our way to invade Japan. We were picking up men in the sea that had been shot down and taking them back to their aircraft carriers.
Ken Benbow, 94, burst into tears when Kia Tobin (left, together) handed him the pillow of Ada (right) at Thistleton Lodge nursing home in Preston, Lancashire
‘We were doing various things, but we heard on the wireless that the war in Europe had ended and Germany had been defeated, which was a wonderful feeling and we all were so very, very pleased. But we couldn’t do much, because as I say, we were in the middle of a battle.’
Talking about wanting to get back to the UK to celebrate with his friends and family, Mr Benbow said: ‘Definitely, that was the most important thing.’
When asked what he will be saying in his speech later today in the care home, Mr Benbow said: ‘I’ll thank the Lord for my life. I’ve had a marvellous life, I had the most wonderful wife in the world. I’ve got the most wonderful carer now, but they’re all angels here, I couldn’t wish to be in a better place.’
Carer Kia, who has moved into the care home to better protect residents, bought Ken a pillow with a picture of his late wife Aida on it when they appeared on GMB last month.
At the time she explained that she was worried about him sleeping with a glass framed photo of Aida.
Speaking after the video went viral, Kia said: ‘It’s been really crazy. I can’t really describe what it’s been like! It’s been lovely to see the support that we’ve been given – and the letters that have been written. I’ve been in tears looking through them.
Mr Benbow, who is originally from Oswestry in Shropshire, was married to Ada for 71 years and fought in the Second World War in the Pacific and the Mediterranean