War veterans proudly posed alongside leading lady Catherine Zeta Jones as she made her way down the carpet, enjoying a group outing from the Royal Hospital Chelsea nursing home where they reside.
The Hollywood beauty looking absolutely sensational in a blue dress with a daring thigh-high split as she took Leicester Square by storm on Tuesday evening, but no one was more enthralled than the bashful Chelsea Pensioners, who looked as thought they couldn’t believe their luck as they posed alongside the screen siren.
The premiere was a special occasion for some of the 320 existing Chelsea Pensioners in attendance, who have served in Korea, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and World War II, and the film will no doubt bring back memories.
The hit Seventies TV comedy attracted 18million viewers at its height – and nearly 50 years since it first aired, the new film version of Dad’s Army is attracting huge excitement. The official film trailer features Catherine strutting through the fictional town of Walmington-On-Sea, the Home Guard platoon’s base.
Jimmy Perry, 90, who came up with the idea for the show and wrote it with David Croft, is a producer on the film. The film script has been written by Hamish McColl, who wrote the hit British films Jonny English Reborn and Mr Bean’s Holiday. The main producer Damian Jones, whose credits include The Iron Lady and The History Boys, says it was Dad’s Army’s ‘universal appeal’ that had attracted him.