70ft sign of Captain Tom Moore put up in his birthplace of Keighley

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A huge sign has been installed in Keighley town centre to honour the achievements of local hero Captain Tom Moore.

The 100-year-old, who was born in Keighley, captured the nation’s hearts with his fundraising efforts during lockdown, which saw him raise over £32 million for NHS charities.

This week plans to mark the veteran’s contribution by installing a huge temporary sign in Keighley were approved by Bradford Council.

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Planning officers said the huge sign would “benefit community morale”.

The sign in KeighleyThe sign in Keighley
The sign in Keighley

And earlier today the colourful sign was installed on the former Keighley College site on North Street.

The project was the idea of Bradford Councillor Russel Brown from Spaces to Inspire, who did similar art installations for the Tour De Yorkshire.

Keighley Town Council, which supported the application, will also honour Capt. Tom will the freedom of the town as a recognition for his lifetime of public service and his fundraising efforts.

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Commenting on the unveiling Town Mayor Cllr Peter Corkindale said, “We wanted to show how much the people of Keighley appreciate what Capt. Tom has done and also to recognise the amazing contribution of NHS staff and Care Workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The sign is in a prominent place in the town centre and it will certainly be eye catching to passers-by.”

In addition to the thank you sign, the Town Council is working with partner organisations such as the Yorkshire Society for a large public celebration once large gathering are allowed.

The sign is likely to be in place until November 2020.


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