CAPTAIN Sir Tom Moore’s funeral today will have a spectacular RAF flypast – as his family asked well-wishers to “stay at home”.
The veteran’s send off is set to be “spectacular” with soldier pallbearers as well as a gun salute from his former regiment.
The fundraising hero’s funeral will take place todayCredit: reuters
Lucy Teixeira with her father, Captain Sir Tom MooreCredit: pa
The C-47 Dakota, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, will perform the flypastCredit: Bav Media
The C-47 Dakota, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, will perform the flypast.
Sir Tom’s 100th birthday celebrations last year included a Spitfire flypast and he was snapped punching the air as it went past.
Soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment will carry his coffin to the crematorium today, with a firing party, a bugler and a ceremonial guard also forming part of the service.
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.
“The armed forces are immensely proud to contribute to the celebration of his extraordinary life of service.”
Sir Tom’s 100th birthday celebrations last year included a Spitfire flypastCredit: UK MOD ? Crown copyright 2020 This image may be used for current news purposes only. It ma
Sir Tom, whose final send off is today, served with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment during the Second World WarCredit: Reuters
Sir Tom, whose final send off is today, served with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment during the Second World War.
It later merged with two others from Yorkshire, becoming the Yorkshire Regiment, and Sir Tom was made an Honorary Colonel last August.
Six soldiers from the regiment will carry Sir Tom’s coffin into the crematorium near his family home in Bedfordshire.
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.
“My sister and I have been creating the funeral that my father wanted.
“He was very clear in his wishes and if he could have been put into a cardboard box, he would have done that, rather than chop down a tree.”
She says the family has received many messages from well-wishers, and that it was “wonderful” to see people writing in an online book of condolence.
A firing party of 14 will each fire three rounds in unison, and a bugler will sound The Last Post at the end of the private service.
Six representatives from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, where Sir Tom was made an Honorary Colonel, will then form a ceremonial guard.
The Queen awards Captain Tom with the insignia of Knight Bachelor at Windsor CastleCredit: Getty
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Miller of the Yorkshire Regiment salutes Captain Tom Moore in ahead of his 100th birthday in April last year.Credit: Avalon
Sir Tom passed away aged 100 at Bedford Hospital on February 2 after testing positive for Covid-19.
The war hero raised more than £32 million for the NHS with his sponsored walk of his garden in the first lockdown.
His funeral will be attended by eight members of his immediate family – his two daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, four grandchildren and his sons-in-law.
Sir Tom asked that My Way by Frank Sinatra be played at his funeral and that his epitaph reads ‘I told you I was old’, in reference to comedian Spike Milligan’s famous epitaph ‘I told you I was ill’.
The family has urged that people support the NHS by staying at home.
Once Covid-19 restrictions permit, they will inter Sir Tom’s ashes in Yorkshire, with his parents and grandparents in the Moore family plot.
The veteran raised more than £32 million for the NHS with his sponsored walk of his garden in the first lockdownCredit: Reuters