Staff applaud in tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore outside Peterborough City Hospital. Picture: David LowndesStaff applaud in tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore outside Peterborough City Hospital. Picture: David Lowndes
Staff applaud in tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore outside Peterborough City Hospital. Picture: David Lowndes

Applause for Captain Sir Tom Moore at Peterborough City Hospital

Staff at Peterborough City Hospital and residents across the city paid tribute with a minute’s applause for Captain Sir Tom Moore this evening (February 3).

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s memory has been honoured with a national clap led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Across Peterborough many residents and organisations stood to applaud at 6pm.

People across the country also took part in the tribute to the veteran, following his death at the age of 100.

Mr Johnson stood on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street with his fiancee Carrie Symonds, having earlier urged the public to join in the clap “to show our appreciation for him and all that he stood for and believed in”.

Sir Tom’s family said they were “incredibly touched” by the gesture and took part outside their home in the village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire.

Nurses and doctors directly involved in the care of Sir Tom at Bedford Hospital also joined the national clap, while the veteran’s first regiment, The Yorkshire Regiment, tweeted a video calling him “a true inspiration”.

Earlier on Wednesday, the House of Commons fell silent in tribute to Sir Tom ahead of Prime Minister’s Questions, and Mr Johnson told MPs the centenarian had dedicated his life to serving others.

Sir Tom’s death on Tuesday after testing positive for Covid-19 has prompted reaction from around the world and charities have vowed his legacy will live on “for years and years”.

His family said the last year of his life was “nothing short of remarkable”, and that he had “experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of”.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Captain Tom’s contribution – having raised more than £32 million for the NHS during the first coronavirus lockdown – will be formally marked.

Sir Tom set out to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday last April – but his efforts struck a chord with the nation and donations flooded in.

In acknowledgement of his fundraising, he was knighted by the Queen during a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in summer 2020.

Sir Tom had been taken to hospital on Sunday after being treated for pneumonia for some time and testing positive for coronavirus last week.

His family praised the care he had received from the NHS and said they had been able to spend time with him in his final hours.

In a statement, his daughters, Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, said: “We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime.

“We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.”

They added: “Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.”

Floral tributes have been left in the village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire where Sir Tom lived.

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