Captain 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

    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.

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  • 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.”

  • Patrick Knox

    WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO TO?

    Money that war hero Tom has raised will go to NHS Charities Together to support workers on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Speaking on the same programme, Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together, said of the jaw-dropping fundraising effort: "Words are just not there.

    "It is absolutely incredible and I wish I had a thesaurus in my brain to be able to express out gratitude and our huge admiration for Captain Tom, for the NHS and for everybody who is donating and behind you and supporting the NHS.

    "A massive thank you personally and from all the NHS charities and staff who are caring for those Covid-19 patients. We have massive gratitude to you."

  • Patrick Knox

    HOW MUCH DID CAPTAIN TOM RAISE FOR THE NHS?

    By his 100th birthday, the war hero had walked 200 laps and collected £32,796,436 in donations — the largest sum ever raised by one person.

    With Gift Aid added by many of the 1.5million people who gave money to his Just Giving page, the final total was £38.9million.

  • Patrick Knox

    SIR TOM COULD BE IMMORTALISED ON COMMEMORATIVE COIN

    Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he hopes to see a proposal from the Royal Mint for a commemorative coin for Captain Sir Tom Moore.

    Conservative former minister Caroline Nokes told the Commons: "Captain Sir Tom Moore taught us that tomorrow is a good day. Can I ask (Mr Rees-Mogg) as Lord President of the Privy Council to use his influence to bring about a commemorative coin for this remarkable national treasure and a debate in this House?"

    Mr Rees-Mogg responded: "(Ms Nokes) has the most brilliantly obscure knowledge because the approval of all coins does indeed come before the Privy Council on the suggestion of the Royal Mint.”

  • Patrick Knox

    LAST PHOTO CAPTAIN TOM POSTED ON HIS TWITTER

  • Patrick Knox

    CAPTAIN TOM WAS ‘VERY BEST OF BRITISH’

    Troops have paid tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore, describing him as the “very best of British”.

    The regimental colonel of the 1st Queen’s Dragoons Guards, Brigadier Alan Richmond, met Captain Tom at the AFC Harrogate Pass Off Parade in September.

    Brigadier Richmond said: “Farewell to Captain Sir Tom Moore – the very best of British.

    “It was such a pleasure to meet you at Harrogate in September and be as inspired by you as the junior soldiers were.

    “The world seemed so much brighter and positive with you in it – let’s make that your legacy.”

  • Patrick Knox

    WHAT HAS THE ROYAL FAMILY SAID ABOUT SIR TOM?

    A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Cpt Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year.

    “Her thoughts, and those of the Royal Family, are with them, recognising the inspiration he provided for the whole nation and others across the world.”

  • Patrick Knox

    CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE’S LAST INSTAGRAM POST

  • Patrick Knox

    CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE SCALPERS CASHING IN

    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.

  • Patrick Knox

    HOW MUCH MONEY DID CAPTAIN TOM RAISE FOR THE NHS?

    By his 100th birthday, he had walked 200 laps and collected £32,796,436 in donations — the largest sum ever raised by one person alone.

    With Gift Aid added by many of the 1.5million people who gave money to his Just Giving page, the final total was £38.9million for NHS charities.

    Captain Tom described it as a "fairy tale".

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