Captain Sir Tom Moore’s funeral to be ‘spectacular’

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s private funeral, which begins shortly, will be “quite spectacular”, his daughter said.

The 100-year-old, who raised almost £33m for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden, will be cremated in a ceremony beginning at noon.

Floral tributes have been appearing in the West Yorkshire town of Keighley, where he grew up.

Only eight relatives will attend the event, but Yorkshire Regiment soldiers will perform ceremonial duties.

There will also be a flypast from a World War Two-era plane.

The family of Sir Tom, who died with coronavirus on 2 February, urged the public to stay at home to “continue to support the NHS”.

Order of service for Captain Sir Tom Moore's funeral.

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Six soldiers will carry his coffin into the crematorium and, a firing party of 14 will each fire three rounds in unison.

The C-47 Dakota, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, will soar overhead before a bugler sounds the Last Post at the end of a private service.

St Mary’s Church in Marston Moretaine, Captain Sir Tom’s home village, and others across the country will ring their bells 100 times at 12:00 GMT.

Ahead of the service, people left flowers at a memorial plaque in the Yorkshire town of Keighley, near Bradford, where he was born.

A post on his Twitter page read: “So even if tomorrow is my last day, if all those I loved are waiting for me then that tomorrow will be a good day too” while the Yorkshire Regiment posted it was “proud” to be representing the British Army at the funeral.

They said it was a “solemn, dignified and fitting tribute to a man who inspired millions”.

A memorial plaque in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on the day of Captain Sir Tom Moore"s funeral.

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Singer Michael Buble has recorded a version of the song Smile to be played during the service.

My Way by Frank Sinatra will be heard at the end, as requested by Capt Sir Tom, who said he liked the line about “having too few regrets to mention”.

The charity single he recorded with Michael Ball, You’ll Never Walk Alone, will also be featured, along with The White Cliffs Of Dover by Dame Vera Lynn and I Vow To Thee My Country by Alfie Boe.

Lucy Teixeira, Capt Sir Tom Moore and Hannah Ingram-Moore

Lucy Teixeira

The funeral will be attended by Captain Sir Tom’s two daughters, Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore, four grandchildren and his sons-in-law.

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

They suggested people pay tribute to him by donating to his foundation or to charities who would plant trees in his name.

Capt Sir Tom Moore

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The veteran had spent the last few months of his life writing a book which he had planned to publish just before his 101st birthday.

A section was released, in which he said he would “like to watch my own funeral from a distance” and laugh at “everyone making a lot of fuss over me”.

Captain Sir Tom was originally from Keighley near Bradford, and his family said that once Covid-19 restrictions allow, his ashes will be interred in Yorkshire, where he will rest with his parents and grandparents in the Moore family plot.

St Mary's Church in Marston Moretaine

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