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.
Planning officers said the huge sign would “benefit community morale”.
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.
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.
Editor’s note: first and foremost - and rarely have I written down these words with more sincerity - I hope this finds you well.
Almost certainly you are here because you value the quality and the integrity of the journalism produced by The Yorkshire Post’s journalists - almost all of which live alongside you in Yorkshire, spending the wages they earn with Yorkshire businesses - who last year took this title to the industry watchdog’s Most Trusted Newspaper in Britain accolade.
And that is why I must make an urgent request of you: as advertising revenue declines, your support becomes evermore crucial to the maintenance of the journalistic standards expected of The Yorkshire Post. If you can, safely, please buy a paper or take up a subscription. We want to continue to make you proud of Yorkshire’s National Newspaper but we are going to need your help.
Postal subscription copies can be ordered by calling 0330 4030066 or by emailing [email protected] Vouchers, to be exchanged at retail sales outlets - our newsagents need you, too - can be subscribed to by contacting subscriptions on 0330 1235950 or by visiting www.localsubsplus.co.uk where you should select The Yorkshire Post from the list of titles available.
If you want to help right now, download our tablet app from the App / Play Stores. Every contribution you make helps to provide this county with the best regional journalism in the country.
Sincerely. Thank you.