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Church bells to ring out 100 times in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore

by Will Maule

A trio of churches in Cornwall will ring their bells 100 times this weekend to mark the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore. Falmouth Parish Church King Charles the Martyr and St Budock Parish Church are set to toll a bell at 12pm on Sunday, along with St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Kiligrew Street.

The King Charles the Martyr Church wrote on Facebook: "On Sunday at 12 noon our Church Bell will toll 100 times to mark Captain Tom’s passing, you will have to be nearish to the church in order to hear the bell. RIP Sir Captain Tom."

Captain Tom, who died on Tuesday at the age of 100, became a household name after sparking a massive fundraising drive for the NHS in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. He single-handedly raised almost £33 million by walking laps of his garden. He was later knighted by the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Following his death, Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying that the Queen "very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year".

"Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them," the palace added. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Moore "a hero in the truest sense of the word" and praised him for embodying "the triumph of the human spirit". 

"He became not just a national inspiration, but a beacon of hope for the world," Johnson added. "His legacy will long live after him." 

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