Council House and Wollaton Hall lit up for Captain Sir Tom Moore

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The Council House and Wollaton Hall will be lit up this evening in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died yesterday aged 100.

The Army veteran became a much-loved public figure last year when, aged 99, he raised more than £30m for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden in Bedfordshire ahead of his landmark birthday.

Sir Tom had been suffering with pneumonia and tested positive for Covid last week.

The Union flag on Nottingham’s Council House has been flying at half-mast today as a mark of respect, while both the building and Wollaton Hall will be lit up red, white and blue this evening in his honour.

There is also a national ‘Clap For Captain Tom’ at 6pm.

Councillor Sally Longford, Deputy Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “It was with tremendous sadness that we learned of Captain Sir Tom’s passing yesterday.

“As an Army veteran, the country already owed him a huge debt of gratitude but his incredible fund-raising efforts over the past year – which look like generating close to £40m when all counted – have ensured that he will never be forgotten.

“Captain Sir Tom inspired all of us and provided a real ray of light in what was a dark time for everybody across the country. He showed us what could be achieved when we set our mind to something, and reminded us what an incredible job our wonderful frontline NHS staff do for us every day.

“We wanted to pay our own small tribute to him in Nottingham and our thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this time. If you’re able, please give him – and the NHS – a shout and clap this evening.”

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