RAF flypast to honour Captain Tom Moore on 100th birthday

A special Battle of Britain flypast has been staged to honour a World War Two veteran from Bedfordshire on his 100th birthday.

Captain Tom Moore and his family watched as a Spitfire and a Hurricane flew over his home in Marston Moretaine.

The veteran, who was born in Keighley in Yorkshire, served with the 8th Battalion The Duke of Wellington's Regiment, which is now part of The Yorkshire Regiment.

Speaking about the flypast, Capt Tom said: "I'm one of the few people herewho've seen Hurricanes and Spitfires flying past in anger.

"Fortunately today they're all flying peacefully."

  • Watch the moment a Spitfire and a Hurricane flew above Capt Tom's home

Capt Tom had originally set out to raise £1,000 by walking 100 laps of his garden, but donations flooded in after his story captured the nation's heart.

He's now raised more than £30m for NHS Charities.

In recognition of his achievements, Capt Tom has been made an honorary colonel, a promotion approved by the Queen.

He's also been inundated messages and 150,000 birthday cards which are on display at his grandson's school.

He'll be spending his birthday with his family and plans to have a well-earned rest for a few days.

“My legs may be tired, but my mind is racing and I’m hoping to be back very soon with other ways in which I can help people, help others", said Capt Tom.