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British coronavirus hero Tom Moore given full honours on his 100th birthday

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Two wartime RAF planes flew over Captain Tom Moore’s home to honour the war veteran and fundraiser on his 100th birthday.

He watched as the Hurricane and Spitfire flew overhead.

Captain Tom Moore, the war veteran who raised millions for the NHS by walking laps of his garden, has been made an honorary colonel on his 100th birthday.

Captain Tom Moore appointed Honorary Colonel
A handout photo made available by the British Ministry of Defence shows Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Miller (L), Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, saluting colonel Tom Moore (R) in Bedford, Britain. EPA-EFE/Cpl Robert Weideman / British Ministry of Defence HANDOUT

The occasion has also been marked with birthday greetings from the Queen and prime minister.

Capt Tom said it was “extraordinary” to be turning 100, especially with “this many well-wishers”.

With celebrations under way, the total he has raised for NHS Charities Together topped £30m.

Head of the Army General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith called Capt Tom “an inspirational role model”.

Capt Tom is due to spend the majority of the day self-isolating with his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and her family at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.

Captain Tom Moore appointed Honorary Colonel
A handout photo made available by the British Ministry of Defence shows the Second World War Defence Medal that was presented to Colonel Tom Moore in Bedford, Britain EPA-EFE/Cpl Robert Weideman / British Ministry of Defence HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Captain Tom Moore has also been promoted to the rank of Colonel on his 100th Birthday. The Second World War Veteran was given Her Majesty The Queen’s royal assent to be made Honorary Colonel Army Foundation Collage Harrogate.

Other presentations to Colonel Moore included the re-presentation of a lost Second World War Defence Medal, as a gift from The British Army.

Captain Tom Moore appointed Honorary Colonel
A handout photo made available by the British Ministry of Defence showing a view of a hall at a school in Bedford which has been transformed with tens of thousands of birthday cards for Colonel Tom Moore, Bedford, Britain. EPA-EFE/Cpl Robert Weideman / British Ministry of Defence HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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