Happy 100th Birthday Captain Tom! Echo readers call for NHS fundraiser to be knighted in lovely birthday messages
Captain Tom Moore who has captured the hearts of the nation and raised more than £31million for the NHS is celebrating his 100th birthday.
And Echo readers have come out in force to wish the centenarian a very special day with some taking the opportunity to call for the captain to be knighted.
On his 100th birthday, Thursday, April 30, Captain Tom has been made an honorary colonel.
The ‘true gentleman’ won the hearts of the nation when he embarked on a fundraiser – with an initial target of £1,000 – to support the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden.
Now he’s raised over £31million for the NHS and is currently at number one of the UK’s music charts for his duet to ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ with Michael Ball.
He is the first 100-year-old to ever have a number 1 hit.
The Elizabeth Fleming Care Home in Hetton recorded its residents and staff singing their own version to mark the day.
Echo readers have wished Captain Tom a happy birthday on this very special day:
William Straw: “Happy birthday Captain Tom, you’re incredible, a big heart. You deserve a knighthood, wish you all the best.”
James Thompson: “Happy birthday! I hope you’re knighted! You deserve the honour!”
Lynne Handy: “Happy Birthday Captain Tom. An example to us all – an inspiration. [He’s a selfless man] who has brought back the pride of the British nation. I salute you sir. You are truly an amazing man.”He is the first 100-year-old to ever have a number 1 hit.
Steve Smith: “Happy birthday to a wonderful man who everyone should admire and look up to. This man has shown the world what dedication can do. From a frontline mental health worker.”
Kath Walsh: “Congratulations on reaching your 100th birthday in a most spectacular way, well done Captain Tom for everything you have done for the NHS. You're a legend.”
Anita Jones: “Happy 100th Birthday Captain Tom. You are an inspiration to this country, you deserve the respect of everyone have a great birthday and stay safe.”
Joan Knox: “Happy 100th birthday to you Sir Captain Tom Moore. You are a true inspiration to the world. A true gentleman and so selfless, you are a hero for at least the second time, sending you much love and admiration, enjoy your special day.”
Marie J Maddison: “Happy 100th birthday Captain Tom, you are an inspiration have a brilliant day young man.”
Simone Whitehead: “Happy 100th birthday Captain Tom, wishing you a wonderful day, you are one in a million, a huge inspiration, an extremely brave and true gentleman. Total respect to you Sir, sending birthday love.”
Moira Haig-Samater: “A very Happy Birthday Tom. A true hero in every sense if the word. You’re so much loved and admired. Have a lovely birthday. Sending massive hugs.”
Margaret Curle: “Happy birthday Colonel Tom have a fantastic day, you so well deserve it. We salute you sir.”
June Wintrip: “A fine gentleman with true British spirit. Best wishes Sir on your 100th Birthday.”