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Captain Tom Moore given MAJOR honour by humbled David Beckham – 'Amazing man!'

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Captain Tom became the first member of the Lionhearts, a squad of inspirational heroes assembled by the English Football Association.

Following the outbreak of coronavirus, Captain Moore became a national hero after walking laps of his garden at the age of 99 in aid of NHS Charities Together back in April. He was given a knighthood on May 19.

Now, the national hero has been named the honorary captain of the Lionhearts, an initiative honouring inspirational people who have gone above and beyond during the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Football legend David Beckham visited Sir Tom in his Bedfordshire home to thank him for what he did.

Beckham said: “The highlight of my whole career was being made England captain.

“To have Sir Tom as our captain – it doesn’t get any better than that.

“Everyone was aware at some point of this amazing man but I think he went above and beyond any expectations out there.”

Speaking about his new honour, the World War 2 veteran said: “It is very kind of you and I am delighted to receive that honour especially from you.

“Thank you very much indeed.”

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Sir Tom also covered a version of You’ll Never Walk Alone alongside Michael Ball and all the proceeds went to the same charity.

The single topped the UK music chart and he became the oldest person to achieve a UK number one.

His overall total soared more than £32.9 million and his hundredth birthday was marked with flypasts by the Royal Air Force and the British Army.

Sir Tom was also appointed as honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College.

The war veteran was conscripted in the 8th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, in 1940 and was stationed in Cornwall shortly before the beginning of World War 2.

A year later, he became a member of the Royal Armoured Corps.

He was quickly promoted to war-substantive lieutenant in 1942 and then to temporary captain in 1944.

Following the end of the war, he served as an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Dorset.

Last month, Sir Tom paid tribute to Dame Vera Lynn, who sadly passed away, and said she made a huge impact on him.

“A real shame, I really thought Vera Lynn would live longer,” he said in a statement shared via Twitter.

“She’s been speaking so well on TV recently.

“She had a huge impact on me in Burma and remained important to me throughout my life.

“My thoughts are with Dame Vera Lynn’s family at this sad time.”



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