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Saluting Captain Tom

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

John Bunyan has long been regarded to be Bedfordshire’s most famous figure, until that is, Captain Tom Moore took centre stage!

The Marston Moretaine resident, who turns 100 on Thursday (30 April), has become a national celebrity and superhero since his astonishing fundraising efforts resulted in more than £29 million being raised for NHS charities this month.

This week will also be memorable for Captain Tom as he tops the charts with his Michael Ball collaboration on the “Never Walk Alone” single.

Recognising Tom’s remarkable achievements, our Chairman, Councillor Brian Saunders, commented:

It was my pleasure to make contact with Captain Tom to congratulate his fundraising and I’ve been in touch again this week to wish him a very happy birthday.

Given the extraordinary efforts he has gone to and the results he has delivered in terms of charitable contributions, we as a council will be honouring him later in the year. In our annual volunteering award scheme, we will be launching a new Captain Tom Moore award for outstanding contribution.

We also hope, when life settles down a little, to host our own celebration for Tom with a civic reception for him and with his local community.