Captain Sir Tom Moore's last show of true character as he requests hilarious headstone reading: 'I told you I was old'
CAPTAIN Sir Tom Moore's daughter Hannah fought back tears as Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid paid tribute to the hero – and also revealed what his "unusual" headstone will be.
The NHS fundraising hero passed away on February 2 aged 100 after contracting Covid-19.
Ahead of Captain Sir Tom Moore's funeral on Saturday, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid played a sweet tribute to the Second World War veteran.
Good Morning Britain showed clips of his iconic fundraising, as well as his appearance on Piers Morgan's Life Stories.
After the clip played, daughter Hannah fought back tears as she spoke about her father.
She later described the family's journey as they were thrust into the spotlight – which led to more emotional scenes.
She said: "It's almost indescribable, we're just an ordinary family just like everyone else. And we sat here thinking, what can we do to help fight the pandemic in those very early days – raise a thousand pounds? And that was it, there was nothing more to it."
She added: "What happened was somehow, that story piqued an interest and it touched people's hearts.
"And all we did as a family was hang on. We were no experts, we had no experience, we in ten days had 1.5million emails and the world's press was at the gate. And all that we tried to do was lock together, the five of us, and try and do the best we could.
"I think it was here on your programme when we said, look, we don't even know what the number should be anymore. This is not up to us anymore, this is up to you the Great British public.
"And so we handled the story and gave it out as we thought it was the right thing to do. What an incredible journey. We never thought about – we never planned, we never imagined any of it."
They also spoke about a chapter from his upcoming book, Captain Tom's Life Lessons, where he revealed what he wanted to happen after his death.
In the chapter, he wrote: "When I was younger, I enjoyed listening to The Good Show on the wireless, and one of the comedians who always made me laugh the hardest was Spike Milligan.
"Like me, he fought in the Second World War, but was wounded in Italy.
"When he died at the age of 83, he wrote his own epitaph, which was engraved in Gaelic on his headstone. It reads: 'I told you I was ill'.
"This always made me laugh, so I think I'd ask for the simple inscription of my name, the dates of my earthly span, and the words: 'I told you I was old'."
Hannah shared a laugh with Piers and Susanna as she confirmed that was true.
The Sun revealed yesterday that the legend's funeral will be taking place this Saturday.
He will be given military honours at the service, which is being attended by eight of his family.
His family worked closely with Bedfordshire police ahead of announcing the details of his funeral in a bid to stop well-wishers from gathering.
Parts of the funeral will be filmed by the BBC so those who supported Sir Tom can be part of the ceremony, which is being attended by his two daughters, Hannah and Lucy, his four grandchildren and his sons-in-laws.
Once Covid-19 restrictions permit, the family will intern Sir Tom’s ashes in Yorkshire, where he will rest with his parents and grandparents in the Moore family plot.
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