THE inspirational story of D-Day veteran Ted Owens was told to a packed Merlin Theatre on Friday at the premiere of documentary ‘Royal’.

For the film production company Fine Rolling Media took the former Marine on a journey to Commando barracks across the country to experience what life is like for today’s troops.

Guest of honour Ted was welcomed at the premiere as he saw the finished documentary for the first time.

Kristian Kane from Fine Rolling Media paid tribute to the Pembroke Dock veteran.

“It was an honour to do this documentary on Ted and be there on his journey to these barracks,” he said.

“Thank you to everyone who made the premiere. It was incredible to see the community rally together and pay their respects to this incredible man.”

The 92-year-old was a member of 41 Royal Marine Commando which landed at Sword Beach in Normandy on D-Day.

He was badly wounded and sent home to hospital. Ten weeks later he returned to France and fought through Belgium and Holland.

Last year, he was awarded the Chevalier in the Ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur, one of France’s highest military decorations.

Community groups, friends and well-wishers gave Ted a round of applause as he entered the theatre.

Barry John, founder of Haverfordwest’s VC Gallery, presented him with a work of art by gallery artist Gemma Taylor.

“To honour Ted was a privilege,” said Barry.

“It was truly a night to honour him and his service to this country.

“We are so happy at the VC Gallery to have been able to play our part on making it an unbelievable night for him and his family.”

Fine Rolling Media is looking to tell more similar stories for inspirational documentaries.

‘Royal’ will be uploaded online in the coming days. Visit