Captain Tom Moore bags Number One single for his birthday

Captain Tom Moore has become the oldest artist to reach number one on the UK singles chart as his rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' landed in the top spot in time for his 100th birthday.

The war veteran from Bedfordshire has already raised more than £28 million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden and his song, with Michael Ball and The NHS Voices Of Care Choir, is part of his continued fundraising during the coronavirus crisis.

His chart victory comes after his closest competitor, The Weeknd, asked hisfans to support Captain Tom, rather than back his track 'Blinding Lights.'

'You'll Never Walk Alone' is now the fastest selling single of 2020, according to the Official Charts Company, clinching the top spot with combined chart sales of 82,000 units, with The Weeknd's 'Blinding Lights' trailing in second place with a tally of 69,000.

The Captain from Bedfordshire has the fastest selling single of 2020. Credit: PA

This is the most extraordinary thing, one of the most proudest moments of my career, but it's not about me, it's about Captain Tom. Thank you for giving him a number one on his 100th birthday. You are the best, God bless ya.

Michael Ball speaking to the OfficialCharts.com

At 99 years and 11 months, Captain Tom is the oldest artist to reach the topspot on the Official Singles Chart in its near 70-year history.

He will also become the first centenarian to top the charts as he will turn 100 on Thursday, while he still holds the number one spot.

Tom was already number one on the Official Big Top 40 chart which was announced on Sunday.