Michael Ball has dedicated his BBC Radio 2 programme to the late Captain Sir Tom Moore.
The singer featured alongside Sir Tom and the NHS Voice of Care Choir on a chart-topping charity single, a cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry & Pacemakers. Proceeds from the single were donated to Sir Tom’s 100th Birthday Walk in aid of NHS Charities Together.
Michael, 58, kicked off his programme by saying he hoped to ‘spread the positivity that he was such a beacon of’, calling Sir Tom ‘the nation’s hero’.
He began with The Rose by Bette Midler and became emotional as he paid tribute to Sir Tom, who died earlier this month aged 100 after battling pneumonia and Covid-19.
‘I am playing this in loving memory of my hero, the nation’s hero, my pal, Captain Sir Tom Moore’ the musical theatre star said.
‘My heart goes out to all of his family and the family of everybody who has lost someone during this awful pandemic.
‘It has been a sad week for all of us but we have to keep Captain Tom’s spirit alive, and knowing him as I did, he wouldn’t want us to feel down or remember him with sadness. He wouldn’t want any fuss at all.
‘So today in memory of Captain Tom we are going to keep our spirits up and we are going to spread the positivity that he was such a beacon of.’
Sir Tom, who served in WW2, rose to prominence because of his positive attitude and determination to complete a challenge of walking 100 laps around his garden before he turned 100 last April.
He initially set out to raise just £1,000 to support the health service but his mission went international and praise and donations poured in, taking his final total to £32.7 million.
Sir Tom had been admitted to hospital on January 31 after being treated for pneumonia over the last few weeks.
Sharing a tribute on Twitter in the wake of the news about his death, Michael paid tribute to his family and said: ‘Rest in peace @captaintommoore.
‘A wonderful life so well lived and a hero and fighter to the very end. So very very sad. Love and prayers for @Hannah_I_M and all the family.’
In a statement, Sir Tom’s daughters Hanna Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira said: ‘Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.’
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