The emotional moment Joanna Lumley surprises WWII veteran Edna with her medal after 75 years

Publish Date
Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 9:35AM

While she served in the Navy during World War II, Edna Wells has finally received her veteran's medal ... 75 years later.

The 94-year-old was presented with her award just in time for the UK's VE Day celebrations over the weekend - and it was one truly emotional moment.

Edna, who was a member of the Women's Royal Naval Service, was caught by surprise when Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley video called her to tell her to go to her front door.

As she opened her door, Captain Chris Smith, who is the regional Navy commander for Scotland and Northern Ireland, was waiting outside with a drummer and piper.

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Captain Smith then presented Edna with her medal – but had to place it on her fence due to social-distancing rules amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Proud neighbours paid their respects as they watched on and applauded from surrounding balconies.

Following the ceremony, Edna said: "It was a complete surprise, I hadn't a clue, but it was the best day of my life."

Edna joined up at the age of 18 in 1943 after being refused two years earlier.