Captain Tom gets ultimate accolade - a Blue Peter Gold badge

Tom Moore, with his grand children Benji and Georgia, after he was awarded a prestigious Blue Peter Gold badge Credit: BBC

He's had flypasts, messages from the Royals, paintings and plenty of cakes - but now Captain Tom Moore has received the ultimate accolade, a Blue Peter Gold badge.

The 100-year-old from Martson Moretaine in Bedfordshire was awarded the honour by the children's show in recognition of raising more than £30m for NHS charities.

The gold badge is Blue Peter's highest accolade and famous recipients include the Queen, Sir David Attenborough and Mary Berry.

He was presented with the badge by grandchildren, Benji andGeorgia.

Presenter Lindsey Russell told him:

"We at Blue Peter think it is brilliant what you have achieved and what you have done over the last couple of weeks, the money and attention you have raised... on Blue Peter our highest accolade is the gold Blue Peter badge and it is something that the Queen, amongst a few others, have got, so on behalf of Blue Peter and our wonderful audience we would like to award you with our highest accolade, which is our gold Blue Peter badge."<

Lindsey Russell

Captain Tom replied: "That's absolutely amazing, thank you very much. I amvery proud to receive it because I have always been a great follower of BluePeter - I remember the elephant, which is quite a few years ago now!<"Thank you very much indeed; I really am delighted to have this."

Captain Tom was delighted to get the accolade Credit: PA Images

He also shared his memories of the end of the Second World War ahead of VE Day on Friday, saying:

"Everybody was going round arm in arm; London was absolutely packed with people dancing about, absolutely thrilled with the fact that at last we had got through the war in Europe and it was a great day."

Captain Tom Moore

And VE Day commemorations will be kicked off at Captain Tom Moore's local pub

At 3pm on Friday, publicans up and down the country will ring their pub bellsand raise a glass in honour of war veterans - with Captain Tom's local ingetting things underway.

The Bell pub Credit: PA Images

"Captain Tom has become a national hero for his recent sponsored walk but we want to make sure we also recognise his achievements during WWII and raise a glass to him and his fellow veterans."

Publican Karl Clark, who runs The Bell in the village

The British Beer & Pub Association has called on its members, who represent more than 20,000 pubs and 90% of the beer brewed in Britain, to join the celebrations virtually.

ITV News reporter Rebecca Haworth caught up with the family to find out what the last few weeks have been like for them. Watch her report below.