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Captain Tom Moore portrait to hang in Harrogate's Army College

Captain Tom Moore portrait to hang in Harrogate's Army College

Published by May Norman at 10:51am 22nd May 2020.

Portrait of national hero to hang at Arm College in Harrogate

  • A portrait of Captain Tom Moore will now on display at Harrogate's Army Foundation College.
  • It's been created by Harrogate based artist Neil Arms.

A portrait of the 100-year-old veteran Yorkshire-born British Army officer who has become a national hero after raising more than £33m for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic has been gifted to an Army College.

The story of Captain Tom Moore has taken the country by storm and in the last few days he has been put forward by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a knighthood which follows fast in the footsteps of being made an honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

Such was the inspiration of Capt Tom that Harrogate-based artist Neil Arms felt compelled to paint a portrait of him with the NHS rainbow as a backdrop.

He said that the image of an elderly man, proud of his military background, with his military discipline and medals walking up and down his garden slowly raising funds for our amazing NHS spurred him to pick up his paintbrush.

Neil said:

“Initially I would have liked the painting to go to a place of Tom’s choice but little did I know what would happen in the following weeks!. And, after he became world famous I knew that this would be extremely difficult.

“When I discovered on his 100th birthday that he'd been made honorary Colonel of the Foundation College in Harrogate, I decided to contact them there and offer the painting as a donation."

Mr Arms said he offered the painting as a donation to the College and was overwhelmed when the Commanding Officer at the College, Lieutenant Colonel Rich Hall accepted his offer.

Artist Neil Arms with this daughters
Artist Neil Arms pictured with his daughters

Mr Arms added:

“I was totally overwhelmed with pride to discover that my painting would be accepted at the Foundation College. In hindsight, my painting could not be in a better place! Even with the strict social distancing rules that were in place it was a true honour to finally hand over the piece to the Commanding Officer A day I will remember for ever."

Lt. Col. Hall said he had been delighted and honoured to receive this fantastic portrait of Capt Sir Tom Moore describing it is an inspiring piece of artwork that imaginatively captures the essence of Sir Tom and what he has done for the NHS.

The Commanding Officer of the College added:

“More than that though it represents another example where our Honorary Colonel has inspired the public through his values and inspirational story.

“The handover ceremony was emotional too.  Neil was clearly moved by what the College represents - it’s story of transformation and social mobility.  I think it took him by surprise when he began to understand what we deliver and achieve for our trainees.”

Lt Col Rich Hall admires the portrait after the presentation
Lt Col Rich Hall admires the portrait after the presentation