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Coronavirus: Keighley bus dedicated to Captain Tom

Coronavirus: Keighley bus dedicated to Captain Tom

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 11:05am 21st April 2020.

A Keighley bus has been dedicated to Captain Tom Moore

  • The 99-year-old veteran - who's from the town - has raised nearly thirty million pounds for NHS Charities
  • It's ahead of his appearance at the opening ceremony of the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate
  • An EXCLUSIVE interview with his daughter will be on Stray FM tomorrow (Weds 22 April)

He's raised nearly thirty million pounds for NHS Charities, is on course to get a UK Official Number One single, and is opening the NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber in Harrogate.

Now 99-year-old Captain Tom Moore, who grew up in Keighley, has had a bus in his hometown named after him.

It's decorated with a picture of Captain Tom, and the words:

"A Big Thank You To Captain Tom - A Keighley Legend"

Captain Tom Moore KBC Bus 3
The bus will run on routes around the Stray FM area

The bus will make its first appearance today (Tues 21 April) at Harrogate’s new NHS Nightingale Hospital, in the Convention Centre.

The hospital was constructed in just two weeks to provide 500 additional critical care beds for patients across Yorkshire and Humberside - although the NHS are hoping that existing hospitals in the region will have the capacity to cope with the outbreak.

The Keighley Bus Company’s CEO Alex Hornby said:

“Like everyone in the country we are truly amazed by Captain Tom’s remarkable fundraising efforts for NHS charities, and as he is a proud Yorkshireman raised in Keighley, we feel it’s entirely appropriate for us to express our thanks to him by naming our bus in his hometown.

“All of our team in Keighley share our pride in serving the town where this inspirational man was raised, and he absolutely deserves all our thanks for everything he’s done – and continues to do – for our National Health Service."

The rear of the bus features an illustration of Captain Tom completing his fundraising walk last week - drawn by Yorkshire post cartoonist Graeme Bandeira.

Captain Tom Moore KBC Bus 2
Artwork from Graeme Bandeira features on the back of the bus

Alex Hornby continued:

“Captain Tom’s bus will be seen in his home county of Yorkshire on our local bus routes throughout the Keighley area, as we continue to provide vital transport links for key workers and those needing to access essential services throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

"It’s our way of saying thank you to this remarkable man for raising so much money for our NHS, and just as importantly, lifting the spirits of our nation”