Jordan North dad: Who is Jordan’s war hero father? Family’s Omagh bomb scare

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Jordan North is a popular BBC Radio 1 presenter who has been facing all of his fears on I’m A Celebrity. The star’s father, Graham North, spoke to Lorraine on her breakfast show about his son’s bravery during the show. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about Jordan’s war hero father, and the Omagh bomb terror his family faced.

Who is Jordan’s war hero father?

Radio DJ Jordan North was born in York, into a military family, with his mother Wendy and father Graham.

He is proud of his Burnley and Preston roots, having spent time living there as a child. But his family also spent some time living in Ireland has his father was in the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.

Graham served between 1982 and 2006, and his family lived in Northern Ireland during the late 1990s.

Jordan explained how his family only just managed to escape the Omagh bomb attack while they lived in Co Tyrone.

The radio presenter had only been eight-years-old at the time, but says he remembers the trauma like it was yesterday.

The Omagh bombing was a car bombing which took place on August 15, 1998, in County Tyrone.

The attack was carried out by the Real IRA, which is a separate group from the Provincial Irish Republican Army (IRA).

A total of 29 people were killed in the bombing and more than 200 were injured, which made the incident one of the deadliest during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Jordan recalled how his dad was in the Army for 24 years, and his battalion had been posted to Omagh in 1997.

He said that on the day of the bombing, in 1998, he and his family were planning on visiting Omagh town, but they decided against it.

They were lucky to have changed their plans, as they could still hear the bomb going off whilst walking in Gortin Glen.

He said: “It was an awful time. Dad rushed us all into the car because he knew we had to be back on camp. I remember I was only eight-years-old and it was one of the first times I felt really sad.”

The star is a fan-favourite on I’m A Celebrity, as he is known for his sense of humour and quick wit, and he praised the people of Northern Ireland for their ability to still find happiness during such a difficult time.

He said: “I think they’ve got a really good strong sense of humour, that self-deprecating sense of humour that I love, and how they’re not afraid to take the mick out of each other.”

Many of his family members, including his uncle and his brother Ryan, have also served in the Army and Jordan is proud of his military background.

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Jordan said he had hoped to visit Omagh again, saying he thought he would still remember his way around the place.

Back in 2017 Jordan conducted an interview with his dad on Remembrance Sunday, and Graham said: “It’s such an important day. We’ve got so many family members who served or are still serving. Whether it’s my mum or dad, my son or nephews and nieces.

“Now I’ve left the Army, I still like to get together with old veterans to toast our former colleagues who’ve been killed in operations.”

At the time he had been working in the Middle East with ex-soldiers and police officers.

Jordan is on Instagram and he shared a photo of his military family, saying: “I will always be proud of my family, past and present, who have served and we will always remember those who have fallen. #lestweforget #remberencesunday @theparachuteregiment @britisharmy.”

Both Jordan’s war hero father and brother have praised him for facing his fears on I’m A Celebrity this year, and he remains one of the favourites to win.

His brother Ryan called him a “hero” and said he was “proud” of Jordan for being himself at the Welsh castle.

Jordan referenced his brother, a Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment, during his first trial, saying Ryan had told him to focus on his “happy place”.

I’m A Celebrity 2020 airs daily on ITV

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