Tribute from one Captain Tom to another on his 100th birthday

Elias Hubbard
April 30, 2020

The mural has been painted at Aldergrove Flying Station in county Antrim.

Captain Tom Moore, a retired army officer who shot to fame after raising more than £29 million ($NZ59 million) by walking laps around his garden, has been promoted to a honorary colonel and will be honoured with a military fly-by ahead of his 100th birthday.

Sergeant Major Mark Smyth said personnel in Northern Ireland wanted to pay tribute to him.

The Clonduff community, working in partnership with east Belfast ACT initiative, commissioned Blaze FX to paint the mural.

As the nation faces it biggest struggle in peacetime, we pay tribute to our carers and key workers. It is part of community efforts in east Belfast during the Covid-19 crisis, which has also seen 350 meals delivered every day.

"As he approaches his 100th year and so much in the world gone wrong, we tip our cap to you Captain Tom, a man who has made us all belong". Belfast Mural Arts were only to happy to help and created the mural free of charge. images remain Crown Copyright.Credit to be Mr Robbie Hodgson. Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Chris Wood, Mercian, Commanding Officer (CO) of the NI Garrison Support Unit and Head of Establishment at Aldergrove FS, who gave permission for the mural to be installed, said: "Happy Birthday Capt Tom, on behalf of the Armed Forces in Northern Ireland".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also chipped in when he returned to work earlier this week, calling for all Brits to show Moore's resolve to help defeat the virus, while foreign minister Dominic Raab said all lawmakers would want to wish him a happy birthday.

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