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Success for papers’ campaign as Colonel Tom knighted

Posted on: May 20, 2020 by Mariella Brown

Papers have delighted in the success of their calls for a knighthood for charity hero Colonel Tom Moore as the army veteran will become a Sir after raising £33m for the NHS.

The calls for a royal recognition were first initialised by the Daily Express, Daily Star and Yorkshire Post on April 16 when then-Captain Tom had raised £12m on the day he completed his walk.

The campaign was clearly heard by Boris Johnson as it was revealed today the PM had personally recommended to the Queen that Tom should receive the honour for providing the country with a “beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus”.

Today, the front page of the Daily Express held an exclusive interview with the army veteran, and the Yorkshire Post carried a front-page feature on the Yorkshire-born hero.

The Yorkshire title also marked the occasion with a special cartoon of the Queen giving Tom the knighthood by resident Post artist Graeme Bandeira.

Last month Tom captured the heart of the nation when he set out to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden before his 100th birthday.

Not only picking up a promotion in rank – from Captain to Colonel – Tom also received over 140,000 birthday cards to mark the day he became a centenarian on April 30.

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