Final journey for Captain Sir Tom Moore as funeral service starts

Ross Houston
February 27, 2021

It opened with the charity single Sir Tom recorded with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir, You'll Never Walk Alone, which reached number one in the United Kingdom singles charts in April a year ago.

He died in hospital on February 2 after testing positive for Covid-19.

The service featured Moore's own recording of "You'll Never Walk Alone", which topped the charts previous year, Vera Lynn's wartime anthem "The White Cliffs of Dover", and "Smile", recorded specially for the family by Michael Buble.

Ms Teixeira added: "Daddy, I am so proud of you, what you achieved your whole life and especially in the past year".

Six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment, the successor to the one Moore served in during World War II, carried his coffin, draped with the Union Jack and his military cap and sword as 14 soldiers gave a firing salute.

"Daddy, I am so proud of you, what you achieved your whole life and especially in the a year ago, you may be gone, but your message and your spirit lives on".

Ms Teixeira said the service would be "quite spectacular", adding the family would "honour him the best way we possibly can".

His family urged the public to stay at home to "continue to support the NHS".

They said: "As wonderful as we think our NHS is, people from other countries really aren't going to be interested in our health, so it seems obvious to me that they were really investing in Captain Tom and the values he stood for".

The mayor said Sir Tom had lived in Keighley for 50 years and promised that "without doubt" there would be a proper celebration of his life once Covid restrictions were lifted. Those who wish to make donations can do so through The Captain Tom Foundation, or plant a tree or donate to a charity of their choice. "Please join us as we raise a cup to him".

Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in July in a physically distanced ceremony at Windsor Castle, west of London.

Sir Tom's 100th birthday celebrations a year ago included a Spitfire flypast, and he was photographed punching the air as it went past.

The fundraiser served with the Duke of Wellington's Regiment during the Second World War.

A bugler will then sound The Last Post at the end of the service.

After the committal, the strains of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" filled the chapel - the song picked by Captain Sir Tom, who also chose as his characteristically humorous epitaph "I told you I was old", in reference to the comedian Spike Milligan's "I told you I was ill".

His ashes were later to be interred in a family plot in his native Yorkshire in northern England, with his parents and grandparents.

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