Captain Tom Moore

Captain Sir Tom Moore made honorary colonel in North Yorkshire
The 100-year-old was bestowed with the honour at Harrogate's Army Foundation College.

'Great honour' as Captain Sir Tom Moore's work celebrated

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Captain Sir Tom Moore has said it is "truly a great honour" to be made honorary colonel of an Army training college in Harrogate.

Captain Sir Tom Moore walks down a guard of honour during a visit to the Army Foundation College in Harrogate
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The 100-year-old Second World War veteran told junior soldiers to take full advantage of the "outstanding" Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, as he was shown around the facility on Monday.

Captain Sir Tom, originally from Keighley, raised almost £33m for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden in the village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire before he turned 100 in April.

He was appointed honorary colonel for the college to mark his milestone birthday. During his visit to the college on Monday, he said he was "absolutely speechless" to be made honorary colonel.

He said: "To go up in so many ranks so quickly, I'm really delighted with that and I know it's only an honorary one but really I'm absolutely thrilled with the fact that the honour has been placed on me.

"It really is truly a great honour."

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