Queen pays tribute to Captain Tom as hero given flypast in spectacular send-off

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The Queen has paid tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore as the NHS hero was laid to rest today.

The deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, David Pearson, laid a wreath in Keighley – Sir Tom's birthplace – on behalf of the monarch.

It featured 200 white roses, the symbol of Yorkshire, around a picture of the record-breaking fundraiser, who died earlier in February aged 100.

Sir Tom was made an honorary freeman of Keighley last summer when he said "it really is great to be back" as he watched a plaque unveiled in his honour.

The funeral took place in Bedfordshire where Sir Tom lived.

A Second World War-era plane soared over the war veteran's funeral service to honour him. The C-47 Dakota, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, performed the flypast.

Soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment carried his coffin to the crematorium on Saturday, with a firing party, a bugler and a ceremonial guard also forming part of the service.

Singer Michael Buble recorded a version of the song Smile to be played at the funeral.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "In national emergencies ordinary people do extraordinary things and inspire us all to pull together to overcome adversity.

"Few will have heard of Sir Tom before this crisis but his contribution and example now lives on in us all."

Sir Tom raised a staggering £32million for the NHS by walking lengths of his garden.

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He set out on the challenge on April 6 with the modest goal of raising £1,000 by his 100th birthday 24 days later. It made Sir Tom one of the heroes of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sir Tom was later recognised by the Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award, while he sung on a cover version of You'll Never Walk Alone sung by Michael Ball.

The single topped the UK music charts, making him the oldest person to achieve a UK number one.

His funeral is being attended by eight members of his immediate family – his two daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, four grandchildren and his sons-in-law.

His daughter Lucy Teixeira, 52, said the service will be "quite spectacular", adding: "There's just going to be the eight of us under full Covid restrictions, we will honour him the best way we possibly can."

  • NHS
  • Queen
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