Best good news story of 2020 – arise Sir Tom

Captain Sir Tom Moore has been knighted in the Queen’s first official engagement in person since lockdown.

The ceremony to honour the 100-year-old, who raised more than £32m for NHS charities, took part at Windsor Castle. 

He has been recognised for walking more than 100 laps of his garden in Bedfordshire.

Capt Sir Tom, originally from Keighley, West Yorkshire, said it was “an absolutely outstanding day”.

“I am absolutely overawed,” he said,

“This is such a high award and to get it from Her Majesty as well – what more can anyone wish for? This has been an absolutely magnificent day for me.”

The Queen personally praised Capt Sir Tom, telling him: “Thank you so much, an amazing amount of money you raised.”