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Captain Sir Tom Moore funeral – Heroic war veteran gets ‘spectacular’ send-off today with tributes around country

CAPTAIN Sir Tom Moore was given a "spectacular" send off by his family at a close knit ceremony at Bedford Crematorium today.

His family said his "message and his spirit lives on" during the heartfelt service which was attended by eight members of his close family.

Sir Tom's coffin, draped in a union flag, was carried in to the crematorium on Saturday by soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment while a Second World War-era C-47 Dakota performed a flypast.

This was followed by a firing party of 14 each firing three rounds in unison before a small service got under way.

The service was attended by Sir Tom's two daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, four grandchildren and his sons-in-law - all wearing masks.

Churches up and down the country rang their bells at midday in tribute to Captain Sir Tom, who passed away earlier this month aged 100 after contracting coronavirus.

A bugler sounded The Last Post at the end of the private service, which Captain Sir Tom's daughter, 52, described as "quite spectacular".

Sir Tom asked that My Way by Frank Sinatra is played at his funeral and that his epitaph reads ‘I told you I was old’, in reference to comedian Spike Milligan’s famous epitaph ‘I told you I was ill’.

Follow our Captain Sir Tom Moore funeral live blog below for the latest updates...

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    Lucy Teixeira 

    Tom is also a dad to daughter Lucy Teixeira who is based in Reading.

    She is a mum of two and started to work in homeopathy after the death of her mother in 2006.

    According to her website her business specialises in "energetically rebalancing the body".

    After her father’s incredible achievement, Lucy said she "just can't believe what has happened".

    She told BBC: "My heart is bursting. Well done, Daddy.

    "I'm having to get used to the thought of sharing you with millions and millions of people.”

  • WHO ARE CAPTAIN TOM'S CHILDREN?

    Hannah Ingram-Moore

    Captain Tom Moore lived with his daughter, Hannah, and his son-in-law Colin Ingram and grandchildren Benji and Georgia in the village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire.

    She is a business recruitment officer who manages her own company Maytrix, which focuses on recruitment, brand development and training for businesses.

    Hannah was the one who suggested her dad walk as a way to celebrate his big 100th birthday.

  • VETERANS MINISTER: CAPTAIN TOM INSPIRED A NATION

    By Johnny Mercer, Veterans Minister

    Captain Sir Tom Moore was justly proud to his last day of his service with the Yorkshire Regiment.

    He was among those veterans who stood and served again in this trying time — one of the band of brothers who never lost their spirit of service and ingrained desire to do their bit for Queen and country.

    He showed us what we can achieve by ourselves and how much more we can accomplish together.

    He symbolised steadfast, tireless public servants, NHS workers, military personnel and the multitudes who have kept our country going.

    When our spirits were low this stoic veteran radiated hope. Captain Tom, you inspired a nation.

  • WHO DID CAPTAIN TOM SERVE WITH DURING WORLD WAR II?

    Captain Sir Tom, who died on February 2 aged 100 after contracting Covid-19, served with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment during the Second World War.

    He was made an Honorary Colonel of the regiment last August.

  • CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE'S FUNERAL: A HERO'S FAREWELL

    Captain Sir Tom Moore's daughter today fought back tears at his funeral and said: "Daddy, you may be gone but your spirit lives on".

    The NHS fundraising hero received his own guard of honour and a spectacular RAF flypast as he was laid to rest this afternoon.

    And his family have paid heartbreaking tributes to the grandad who became known as a "beacon of life and hope for the world" during the pandemic.

    Six soldiers from the veteran's regiment carried his coffin - draped in a Union Jack flag - into Bedford crematorium for a family service Captain Tom planned himself.

    Both of the hero's daughters spoke at the service, while his grandchildren read touching poems in honour of their grandfather.

  • WORLD BECAME 'ENTHRALLED' BY CAPTAIN SIR TOM'S 'SPIRIT OF HOPE'

    Ms Ingram-Moore said that the world had become "enthralled" by her father's spirit of hope, positivity and resilience.

    She added: "We are so proud of the way you handled everything that happened.

    "We have been so close as a family before this but we were thrust even closer together as the world became enthralled by your spirit of hope, positivity and resilience.

    "They too saw your belief in kindness and the fundamental goodness of the human spirit."

  • CAPTAIN TOM’S FUNERAL OPENED UP ON HIS CHARITY SINGLE WITH MICHAEL BALL

    Captain Sir Tom Moore’s funeral has opened with a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone that Sir Tom recorded with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir that reached number one last year.

  • CAPTAIN TOM MOORE 'SERVED AS AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL'

    The celebrant conducting the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore said: "It's quite incredible to think that 163 countries donated to (Sir Tom's) fundraiser - that's almost the whole world.

    "As wonderful as we think our NHS is, people from other countries really aren't going to be interested in our health, so it seems obvious to me that they were really investing in Captain Tom and the values he stood for.

    "He was a proud British veteran and a gentleman, he lived in a multi-generational environment, not only would that have kept him young, but also symbolises the importance of family to him.

    "What sacrifices did he and his peers make in defence of our freedom, a man with a strong moral compass, a strong work ethic, a sense of pride and an indomitable spirit.

    "He serves as an inspiration to us all to never give up and always stay strong knowing tomorrow will be a better day."

  • WATCH: CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE RECEIVES GUARD OF HONOUR AND RAF FLYPAST AT FUNERAL PROCESSION

    Captain Sir Tom Moore receives guard of honour and RAF flypast at NHS fundraising hero’s funeral procession
  • LUCY INGRAM-MOORE SPEAKS OF 'DULL PHYSICAL ACHE' FOLLOWING CAPTAIN SIR TOM'S DEATH

    Daughter Lucy Ingram-Moore wept as she spoke of her life with her father, who moved in with her after her mother's death.

    "The loss of you is a dull physical ache for me, but the power of love you left us with allow us to stay strong," she said. "Our relationship cannot be broken by death. "You will be with me always."

    She said watching her father turn into a "beacon of life and hope to the world" was "magical".

    "We just couldn't believe it could we when it reached £38.9million," she said. "We are so proud of the way you handled everything that happened."

    And she said the world became "enthralled" by her dad's "spirit of hope, positivity and resilience".

  • CAPTAIN TOM'S FAMILY HAVE LEFT CREMATORIUM

    Captain Sir Tom Moore's family have left the crematorium following the conclusion of his funeral, which ended with The Last Post played by Alex Browne of the Yorkshire Regiment Band.

    The Yorkshire Regiment, some of whom acted as pall bearers for Sir Tom, have also marched from the site.

  • HANNAH INGRAM-MOORE'S EUOLOGY TO CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE

    Captain Sir Tom Moore's daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said in her eulogy: "We had the happiness of a stable family life, peppered with the excitement of intrepid camping trips across Europe which gave our young minds a window on the world that you said was our oyster to open."

    She described her father moving in with them after her mother's death as "the most amazing, multi-generational life journey, thriving on the wealth of knowledge and the knowledge we in turn gave to you".

    Ms Ingram-Moore added: "Your relationship with (your grandchildren) was a constant remember of how lucky we were to have you as a father and of that special bond we have."

    She continued: "We know, because you told everyone who would listen, that you relished this next phase of your life.

    "We respected your values, your independence and your space, and you did the same for us, we felt your love and we know you felt our love for you."

  • BUGLER SOUNDS THE LAST POST AT END OF SERVICE

    A bugler has sounded The Last Post at the end of the private service.

    Captain Sir Tom's daughter, 52, earlier said it would be "quite spectacular".

  • CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE'S SPIRIT LIVES ON, FAMILY TELLS FUNERAL SERVICE

    The family of Captain Sir Tom Moore have paid tribute to the veteran and NHS charity fundraiser at his funeral, saying his "message and his spirit lives on".

    Sir Tom's coffin, draped in a union flag, was carried to the crematorium on Saturday by soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment while a Second World War-era C-47 Dakota performed a flypast.

    This was followed by a firing party of 14 each firing three rounds in unison before a small service got under way.

    The service, at Bedford Crematorium, was attended by eight members of Sir Tom's immediate family - his two daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, four grandchildren and his sons-in-law - all wearing masks.

  • CAPTAIN TOM'S SERVICE DRAWS TO A CLOSE WITH SINATRA'S 'MY WAY'

    The celebrant thanks the family for their "hard work" in making a special funeral.

    The funeral plays out with Frank Sinatra's My Way.

  • CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE REMEMBERED AS A 'KEIGHLEY LAD' IN HIS HOME TOWN

    A wreath remembering Captain Sir Tom Moore has been laid on behalf of the Queen in his home town in Yorkshire.

    The deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, David Pearson, laid the wreath, which featured 200 white roses around a picture of the late record-breaking fundraiser, at the plaque dedicated to him in the centre of Keighley.

    The memorial, which was unveiled with Sir Tom present in July last year, is next to the town's war memorial, which his grandfather built.

    Wreaths of poppies were also laid by local MP Robbie Moore and the town's mayor and mayoress, Peter Corkindale and Clare Abberton.

    Sir Tom was made an honorary freeman of Keighley last summer when he said "it really is great to be back" as the plaque was unveiled in his honour.

  • CAPTAIN TOM ON THE SECRET TO OLD AGE

    “People often ask me what the secret to old age is, but I really don’t have one other than to keep breathing.

    “I’ve never paid much attention to health advice and have eaten whatever I liked. The good news is that when you get to my age everyone treats you with kindness and respect.

    “You can’t put a foot wrong because no one dares argue with you.

    “I am also often asked if I have a “bucket list” and although there are a few places I have said I might hope to visit, I’ve done almost all that I want to do and, in any event, I’m afraid to mention anything.”

  • HANNAH INGRAM MOORE: 'THE LOSS OF YOU IS A DULL PHYSICAL ACHE FOR ME

    "The family watched in amazement as Captain Tom appeared on every news programme and every newspaper cover," she said.

    "We have lost a huge part of our family" she continued.

    "I remember you are not there. The loss of you is a dull physical ache for me."

  • CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE'S GRANDSON BENJIE: 'YOU MADE ME THE PERSON I AM TODAY'

    Captain Sir Tom Moore's grandson Benjie said: "If there is a lesson I have learned from living with you the last 13 years, it's the power of positivity and kindness, I truly do not believe I would be the person I am today without your sound guidance.

    "Our chats mid-afternoon that were only supposed to last a few minutes quickly turned into hour-long conversations, quickly delving into so many thought-provoking avenues. These are memories I will never forget and ones I am incredibly grateful to have.

    "I can't imagine how many pieces of my sports equipment would have stayed broken without your ever-trusted super glue.

    "I suppose the tables turned in the later years when so often it was Georgia or me fixing something on your phone."

  • CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE'S SPIRIT LIVES ON, FAMILY TELLS FUNERAL SERVICE

    The family of Captain Sir Tom Moore have paid tribute to the veteran and NHS charity fundraiser at his funeral, saying his "message and his spirit lives on".

    Sir Tom's coffin, draped in a union flag, was carried to the crematorium on Saturday by soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment while a Second World War-era C-47 Dakota performed a flypast.

    This was followed by a firing party of 14 each firing three rounds in unison before a small service got under way.

    The service, at Bedford Crematorium, was attended by eight members of Sir Tom's immediate family - his two daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, four grandchildren and his sons-in-law - all wearing masks.

  • HANNAH INGRAM-MOORE: WE HAD A SPECIAL BOND

    Captain Tom's daughter is recalling her upbringing.

    He became the solid foundation of their household, she said.

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