HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis with Captain Tom Moore

Strict social distancing measures were in place

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis presented Captain Tom Moore with a 100th birthday card from Her Majesty The Queen today (30th April 2020).

This was only after following advice from Public Health England and strict social distancing measures agreed with the family and Bedfordshire Police.

HM Lord-Lieutenant Helen Nellis said:

“It was an honour to present Captain Tom Moore with his 100th birthday card from The Queen. While observing strict social distancing rules, it was a pleasure to meet this wonderful gentleman who has inspired so much generosity towards the outstanding staff of our NHS.

“We in Bedfordshire are incredibly proud of his contribution, which alongside the thousands of people who are working incredibly hard to keep us safe and well, demonstrate how individual acts, as well as people working together, can help us to build strong, compassionate and courageous communities.”

Captain Tom was also presented with a certificate showing a section of the Forest of Marston Vale, (recently accredited as part of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy) which has been named in his honour as “Captain Tom Moore’s Spinney“.

An inscribed copy of The Pilgrim’s Progress, written by John Bunyan was gifted to Captain Tom as his name joins those who have written the rich story of the county.

Cranfield University will recognise Captain Tom Moore’s services to the local community and the country by awarding him an Honorary Degree later this year.