Captain Sir Tom Moore remembered with special tribute at Blackpool Tower

Blackpool has paid special tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore, following his death at the age of 100.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 7:19 pm

The charity fundraiser was taken to Bedford Hospital on Sunday after being treated for pneumonia for some time and testing positive for coronavirus last week.

In a statement, his daughters Hannah and Lucy said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.

“We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime. We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.

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“The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.”

Following the news of his death, the iconic Blackpool landmark was lit up in blue in tribute, along with the words "God Bless Captain Sir Tom".

A spokesman for VisitBlackpool said: "Captain Sir Tom Moore, you were a beacon of light in a time of darkness.

"We’ll be paying tribute tonight and tomorrow to our national hero in the best way we know how by lighting up the Blackpool Tower in blue with a heartfelt message of condolence."

Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Sir Tom’s fundraising efforts raised more than £32 million for the NHS, walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first national lockdown in April.

The veteran set out to raise £1,000 from his charity challenge but his efforts struck a chord with the nation, and praise and donations flooded in.

He raised a total of £32.7 million, with donations from 1.5 million supporters, before his fundraising page was closed at midnight following his 100th birthday on April 30.

He started his challenge a little over three weeks earlier, and encouraged people to continue to donate to NHS Charities Together.

Blackpool Tower was lit up in blue in tribute.

In acknowledgement of his efforts, he was knighted by the Queen during a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in summer 2020.

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