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Military plane fly-past marks Captain Tom Moore's funeral

Home News World News Military flypast and honour guard as funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore takes place By Aoibhin Bryant- 27/02/2021 Home News World News Military flypast and honour guard as funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore takes place By Aoibhin Bryant- 27/02/2021
Melba Vasquez | 28 February, 2021, 05:49

A World War II-era plane flew Saturday over the funeral service of Captain Tom Moore, in honour of the veteran who single-handedly raised millions of pounds for Britain's health workers by walking laps in his backyard.

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

Captain Tom Moore, who became a global hero for his extraordinary fundraising efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic, died on February 2 after being treated for pneumonia and testing positive for the virus.

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The C-47 Dakota, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, will perform the flypast.

In line with current coronavirus restrictions, the funeral was attended by his immediate family - two daughters, Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore, four grandchildren and his sons-in-laws.

Church bells rang out across the East in tribute to Bedfordshire's most famous fundraiser, while his family attended a private service at Bedford Crematorium at midday.

"Daddy, you always told us "best foot forward" and true to your word that's what you did past year, raising a fortune for the NHS and walking your way into the nation's hearts", she said.

Six members of the Yorkshire Regiment carried Captain Sir Tom's coffin before it was committed for cremation.

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 previous year. Daddy, I am so proud of you, what you achieved your whole life and especially in the previous year.

Tom Moore Funeral
Captain Tom Moore has been laid to rest on Saturday after dying with COVID-19 earlier this month. Pic JUSTIN TALLIS AFP via Getty Images

"We are so proud of the way you handled everything that happened, we had been so close as a family before this but we were thrust even closer together as the world became enthralled by your spirit of hope, positivity and resilience", she said.

"As per the family's wishes, the public are reminded to continue to support the NHS by staying at home".

At the end of the service, Alex Browne, from the Yorkshire Regiment, played the Last Post.

The service opened with the charity single Sir Tom recorded with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir, "You'll Never Walk Alone".

Known affectionately as Captain Tom, Moore raised nearly £33 million ($45 million) by walking laps of his garden previous year.

He had asked for his epitaph to be "I told you I was old, " inspired by comedian Spike Milligan whose gravestone says "I told you I was ill".

Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in recognition of his efforts, while the White House said after his death that he had "inspired millions through his life and his actions".

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

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