Spitfire salute for Captain Tom sidelined due to crowd fear

However, the Department for Transport – concerned the flight would draw too many spectators after the intense publicity Capt Moore has garnered for his recent fundraising – has deemed it non-essential travel. The flight will not need the Department for Transport’s permission as it will stay within Biggin Hill’s air traffic zone restrictions, flying within a five-nautical mile diameter around the airfield, in London’s south-east outskirts. Famous names including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Dame Kelly Holmes and England football captain Harry Kane were among those to send cards to the Bedford School, where Capt Moore’s grandson, Benjie Ingram-Moore, attends. Words can’t express how much I idolise him.” Captain Tom was originally planning to mark his centenary with a family party but the celebrations have been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 140 members of school staff, parents and pupils past and present spent 1,750 hours opening each card and creating a display in Bedford School’s Great Hall. It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on the nation to show the same optimism and energy as Captain Tom in dealing with the coronavirus crisis.