Captain Tom Moore, currently the most famous man in the world who celebrated his 100th birthday today, was once a motorcycle racer.
Captain Tom who has raised over £30m for the NHS by matching his age and walking 100 laps of his garden started riding bikes when he was 12, became an instructor with his brigade in India during the second world war and raced a Scott on his return to England, winning several cups and medals.
Born in Keighley, he achieved stardom on BBCs breakfast show by singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with musical star Michael Ball. Their version of the great song from the musical Carousel and adopted by Liverpool football club hit number one in the charts and Captain Tom received 125,000 birthday cards
Fellow Yorkshireman James Whitham said: “It’s amazing. We’re all very proud of him and especially because he was once one of us”.
Donations can still be made via Captain Moore’s JustGiving page: justgiving.com/fundraising/tomswalkforthenhs