Captain Sir Tom Moore latest: Beverley Turner calls Covid-19 'relatively harmless' as she defends her clap snub for hero

CAPTAIN Sir Tom Moore’s family have welcomed calls for a statue to be made in his honour.

It comes amid calls for the World War Two veteran to be commemorated for his incredible charity walk that raised £38million for NHS charities.

Captain Tom Moore's grandson Tom Teixeira said it would be “really nice” to have a permanent memorial where people touched by his efforts could pay their respects to him.

Boris Johnson also said there should be a public memorial to Captain Tom, saying it was something that the country could get behind.

Follow the latest tributes on our live blog below…

  • Claudia Aoraha

    COIN FOR TOM

    A coin in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore should be brought forward by the Royal Mint, according to Jacob Rees-Mogg.

    and polling by Opinium for The Sun showed that the public overwhelmingly support the idea of name a hospital after Captain Tom as the most fitting tribute.

  • Imogen Braddick

    TRIBUTES TO CAPTAIN TOM STOLEN OUTSIDE PUB

    The owner of the Black Horse pub in Thetford said he was "lost for words" after discovering tributes left to Captain Sir Tom Moore were stolen overnight.

    Flowers, potted plants and rainbows had been left by the pub’s painted mural of Sir Tom, EDP reports.

    But pub owner Terry Gillman said most of the tributes were gone by Thursday morning.

    “I glanced out of the window this morning to see that the majority had gone. I was absolutely dumfounded," he told the newspaper.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    CAPTAIN TOM MOORE'S HOSPITAL

    The Prime Minister has vowed to build or upgrade 40 new hospitals by 2030 at a cost of £3.7billion.

    A No10 source told The Sun last night: “Captain Tom knew exactly who he wanted to raise money for when he set out on his amazing fundraising effort – our NHS.

    “People are very keen to see a lasting tribute to his fantastic achievement and naming a hospital in his honour feels like a great idea.

    “It will take a little time to decide on how best to pay permanent tribute to what Captain Tom achieved but this will be high on the list of options."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    NHS HOSPITAL TO BE NAMED AFTER CAPT TOM

    A brand new NHS hospital is set to be named in Captain Tom Moore’s memory, The Sun can reveal.

    Boris Johnson has told the veteran fundraising legend’s family he is “enthusiastically looking” at plans for a fitting permanent memorial.

    Sir Tom, who raised more than £32million for the NHS during the first Covid-19 lockdown, died on Tuesday.

    And a new hospital named in his honour is top of the list of Downing Street’s ideas.

    But the Moore family will have the final say after consultation with ministers, insiders say.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    BEVERLEY TURNER NOT BACKING DOWN

    Yesterday Beverley accused Piers of being "wrong and manipulating people to clap for Captain Tom Moore".

    Reacting to the fact she'd been blocked by the Good Morning Britain host, Beverley said yesterday: "Must have touched a nerve as been blocked by @piersmorgan

    "I don't think he liked the fact that it seems – by many of your reactions- that I wasn't completely wrong… And he does not like to be wrong.

    "Maybe he's manipulating you all too?, 🤷🏻‍♀️Just a thought…."

    Piers was among those who proudly applauded for Captain Tom from his doorstep after he died of Covid at the age of 100.

    Other celebrities including Katie Price also made noise in memory of the war veteran.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    WALK IN MEMORY OF CAPT TOM

    Maisie Catt said: "I think Cpt Sir Tom was a good, kind man that inspired lots and lots of people including me and he was a real-life hero.

    "When I first saw him walking with his frame, I thought I used to walk with a frame and he was nearly 100 so he really inspired and motivated me to do something good too.

    "I was very sad when I found out he had died I felt I needed to do something good in his memory – it had to be another walk.

    "I'm doing it for Young Minds as this week is also Children's Mental Health Week, I think he'd be happy I chose this."

    Masie added: "I hope it doesn't snow again or I'll have to do more on the treadmill and it's a bit boring on the treadmill it seems to take forever."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    11-YEAR-OLD GIRL FOLLOWS IN CAPT TOM'S FOOTSTEPS

    An 11-year-old double leg amputee is paying tribute to her "real-life hero" Cpt Sir Tom Moore by walking an entire marathon in her garden in his memory.

    Last year Maisie Catt, who lost her legs to meningitis and septicemia, followed in the veteran's heroic footsteps by walking 26 miles in her garden over the course of ten days.

    The schoolgirl will now do it all over again in tribute to national hero Cpt Sir Tom, who died from coronavirus on Tuesday after raising more than £30million for NHS charities.

    Masie is to walk a second marathon to raise money for charity YoungMinds to coincide with Children's Mental Health Week which runs between February 1 and 7.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    HEART BROKEN

    The Sun is broken-hearted to see the ­symbol of Britain’s battle against Covid finally succumb to it.

    Captain Sir Tom Moore personified our stoic national resilience. Yet even the Yorkshireman’s heroic fighting spirit, honed in World War Two, could not compensate for his great age and frailty when the virus struck.

    Our hearts go out to his family.

    But what a life! From his wartime service as a soldier in Burma to the extraordinary, selfless feats of his final year.

    Read the full comment piece here.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    CAPTAIN TOM MOORE TESTED NEGATIVE AFTER BARBADOS HOLIDAY

    Captain Sir Tom Moore tested negative for coronavirus after returning from his holiday in Barbados, his family have revealed.

    Vile trolls previously took to social media to slam the war veteran and his family for jetting off to the Caribbean Island in December.

    But their trip came before the UK government's strict rules on travel came into place.

    And it has since been revealed that Sir Tom only tested positive for coronavirus on January 22 – more than two weeks after he returned to the UK.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    SCULPTORS ALREADY HAVE STATUE OF CAPT TOM

    The life-size bronze sculpture of Sir Tom has been sitting in a warehouse for months, because councils could not find a spot to display it publicly.

    Tony Clark, 44, a sculptor from Leeds, unveiled the £60,000 statue today two days after the 100-year-old veteran’s death from Covid-19.

    It was commissioned six months ago by Clark and his friend Keith Sharratt and they hope it will be used to “immortalise” Sir Tom in his home town, Keighley, in Bradford.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    CLERIC'S COMMENTS ARE 'UNACCEPTABLE'

    A cleric's comments branding those taking part in the clap for Captain Sir Tom Moore "a cult of white British nationalism", have been described as "unacceptable, insensitive, and ill-judged".

    In a now-deleted tweet, the London-based Reverend Jarel Robinson-Brown wrote: "The cult of Captain Tom is a cult of White British Nationalism. I will offer prayers for the repose of his kind and generous soul, but I will not be joining the 'National Clap'."

    A statement from the Diocese of London said:"Jarel Robinson-Brown's comments regarding Captain Sir Tom Moore were unacceptable, insensitive, and ill-judged.

    "The fact that he immediately removed his tweet and subsequently apologised does not undo the hurt he has caused, not least to Captain Tom's family.

    "Nor do Jarel's actions justify the racist abuse he is now receiving."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    REST IN PEACE, CAPTAIN TOM

    Flowers have been placed as a tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore next to his house in Bedford, Marston Mortaine.

    The nation has mourned the loss of the hero – who fundraised millions of pounds for the NHS during the first coronavirus lockdown last year.

    Credit: Avalon All rights reserved.
  • Claudia Aoraha

    BEVERLEY TURNER DEFENDS NOT CLAPPING FOR CAPT TOM

    Beverley Turner has defended not clapping Captain Tom Moore and the NHS after sparking a huge backlash online – and even labelled the national tribute "childish".

    The 47-year-old broadcaster has spoken out about the "Twitter pile-on" she suffered in the aftermath – sparked by Piers Morgan.

    She wrote: "I'm deeply saddened that this wonderful country seems suddenly beset with curtain-twitchers, jobs-worths and finger-waggers desperate to dob in the neighbours or simply shake their heads at an empty doorstep on any 'designated clapping day.'"

  • Claudia Aoraha

    EIGHT-YEAR-OLD'S TRIBUTE TO TOM IS BLUNDERED

    Among those laying tributes was eight-year-old Noah Pape, who fund-raised for the NHS alongside Sir Tom last year.

    After hearing of his passing, Noah visited the mural to lay a rainbow and blue daffodils as he carried his book, 'One Hundred Steps: The Story of Captain Sir Tom Moore'.

    But sadly, his tribute was among those taken.

    His father Simon Pape said "Last year Noah raised over £300 for the same walk as Captain Tom.

    "When Noah heard of Tom's passing, he was devastated.

    "That is why it's deeply upsetting. He put them down there as an eight-year-old, so for someone to take them is awful. It makes you mad."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    'SCUM' ROBBERS SLAMMED BY LOCALS

    One mum-of-three, Jo-Anne Sinclair, 33, said "The whole town wanted to show their respects to a great man, so we're sickened by what's happened. The children wanted to lay flowers and other tributes to show their love and admiration for Captain Tom.

    "Now we have to explain to them that there are wicked people in this world – the lowest of the low.

    "Some of the small children have been in tears – they don't understand how someone could do that to him. These scum aren't fit to lick the boots of Captain Tom."

    Black Horse pub owner Terry Gillman said he was 'lost for words' when he discovered yesterday morning that virtually everything had been stolen.

    He said last night "I glanced out of the window this morning to see that the majority had gone. I was absolutely dumbfounded."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    THIEVES STEAL TOWN'S TRIBUTES TO CAPT TOM

    Thieves were called 'the lowest of the low' today after leaving little children in tears by stealing a town's tributes to Captain Tom.

    The community had solemnly placed flowers, pot plants and rainbows at a painted mural of the national hero at the Black Horse pub in Thetford, Norfolk, following his death on Tuesday.

    Today residents were 'sickened and devastated' after scumbag thieves helped themselves.

    Little children were among grieving townsfolk who left tributes at the mural of Sir Tom, 100, who died after testing positive for coronavirus.

  • Ben Hill

    STATUE SUPPORT

    Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said he backs the campaign to have a "great big" statue built in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

    "What Captain Tom represents, I think, is the best of the United Kingdom," he told ITV's Good Morning Britain.

    "I see it every day in the vaccination deployment programme – the whole nation, the army of volunteers, he was one of those and he became a beacon of light in these grim, dark days of this pandemic.

    "So I am absolutely in favour of making sure we recognise that, and a great big statue would be a wonderful way, not just for this generation to remember Captain Tom but for future generations.

    "And as Chris Whitty said, some of the younger people to aspire to be like Captain Tom would be a great thing … and I would certainly back a statue for Captain Tom."

  • Ben Hill

    SICK TROLLS

    Sick fashionista trolls are cashing in on Captain Tom's tragic death by selling 'RIP Tom' mini skirts online.

    Opportunistic 'designers' are hawking garments with pictures of the WWII veteran's face emblazoned on the front, with Rest In Peace written underneath.

    Other designs seen simply have a picture of his face with 1920-2021 printed underneath.

    The skirts are on sale on Redbubble, an online marketplace for items featuring designs by independent artists.

    An array of skirts featuring the NHS hero were on sale priced at around £30.

  • Ben Hill

    HOSPITAL HONOUR

    A brand new NHS hospital is set to be named in Captain Tom Moore’s memory, The Sun can reveal.

    Boris Johnson has told the veteran fundraising legend’s family he is “enthusiastically looking” at plans for a fitting permanent memorial.

    And a new hospital named in his honour is top of the list of Downing Street’s ideas.

    But the Moore family will have the final say after consultation with ministers, insiders say.

  • Patrick Knox

    ROYAL MINT URGED TO PRODUCE COIN IN TRIBUTE TO CAPTAIN TOM 

    A coin in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore should be brought forward by the Royal Mint, according to Jacob Rees-Mogg.

    It comes after Sir Tom, who raised more than £32 million for the NHS during the first Covid-19 lockdown, died on Tuesday.

    At Prime Minister's Questions, Boris Johnson encouraged the UK to clap for Sir Tom at 6pm on Wednesday in tribute.

    Raising the issue in Parliament on Thursday, Conservative former minister Caroline Nokes told the Commons: "Captain Sir Tom Moore taught us that tomorrow is a good day.

  • Patrick Knox

    WHAT DID CAPTAIN TOM DO IN WORLD WAR TWO ? 

    After receiving his call-up papers, Tom Moore enlisted into the eighth battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (8 DWR), an infantry unit that was converted to operate Churchill tanks as part of the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC).

    He was selected for officer training and rose to the rank of captain, later being posted to 9 DWR in India.

    He served and fought in the Arakan in western Burma, later renamed Rakhine State.

    After this, he went with his regiment to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender in 1945 following the dropping of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  • Sarah Grealish

    SIR TOM GHOULS

    Scalpers on eBay are cashing in on Captain Sir Tom Moore’s death by flogging signed copies of his book for up to £500.

    Several wholesalers were offering his best-selling work on the auction site without any mention of the proceeds going to charity.

    One seller in Cardiff was asking £499.99 for Tomorrow Will Be a Good Day with free postage.

    A new copy of his book from a number of high-street bookshops costs £14.

    Another person was flogging a copy with his signature for £255 and it had attracted more than 30 bids.

    Meanwhile, another book had reached £48 in bids for an unsigned book. The seller had already shifted 19 copies.

  • Sarah Grealish

    WHY DIDN’T CAPTAIN SIR TOM GET THE COVID VACCINE?

    Captain Sir Tom Moore was unable to have his Covid vaccine before he caught the virus because of his pneumonia medication, it was reported last week.

    The 100-year-old national hero, who would have been among the first wave of Brits to get the jab, was not allowed to make the journey to his local vaccination centre, his family said.

    A spokeswoman for his family said: “Because of the medication he was taking for his pneumonia he couldn’t have the Covid jab.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    WHEN IS CAPTAIN TOM MOORE’S FUNERAL?

    Following Sir Tom’s death on Monday, February 2, Captain Tom’s family said his funeral arrangements have not been completed.

    It will be announced at a later date. 

  • Patrick Knox

    MINISTER BACKS TOM STATUE

    Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said he backs the campaign to have a “great big” statue built in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

    “What Captain Tom represents, I think, is the best of the United Kingdom,” he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

    “I see it every day in the vaccination deployment programme – the whole nation, the army of volunteers, he was one of those and he became a beacon of light in these grim, dark days of this pandemic.

    “So I am absolutely in favour of making sure we recognise that, and a great big statue would be a wonderful way, not just for this generation to remember Captain Tom but for future generations.

    “And as Chris Whitty (the chief medical officer for England) said, some of the younger people aspiring to be like Captain Tom would be a great thing … and I would certainly back a statue for Captain Tom.”

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