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Daily’s front page honours Captain Sir Tom Moore after death aged 100

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s smiling face adorned the front page of a regional daily as it marked the death of the 100-year-old veteran and fundraiser.

The Yorkshire Post honoured Captain Sir Tom today after his death from coronavirus was announced yesterday evening.

The centenarian raised £33m for good causes attached to the National Health Service by walking 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden during the first coronavirus lockdown last year.

The Post was one of two regional dailies, along with the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, to interview Keighley-born Captain Sir Tom on his 100th birthday in April.

YP Captain Tom

Posting a link to today’s Post on Twitter, editor James Mitchinson wrote: “Goodnight, Mr Tom. You have taught us more than you could ever know, and far more than we deserve.

“Rest easy, Sir. And…thank you.”

He added: “I feel like I’ve lost a loved one. A father figure. Just me?”

Reach plc’s hyperlocal news service In Your Area has also created a digital memorial to Captain Sir Tom which allows readers to leave tributes to him online.

Launching the initiative last night, In Your area editor Tom Gibbon wrote: “His death today has prompted an outpouring of tributes across social media and we’re giving people the chance to pay theirs here too, which we will use to build a lasting memory of Capt Sir Tom reflecting on just how much he touched people across the UK.”

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