Flags are at half-mast at South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils today in honour of Sir Tom Moore who died Tuesday, 2 February.

Union flag at half mast

The centenarian touched the hearts of the nation with his charity accomplishments, raising almost £39 million for the NHS. The thoughts and condolences of both Councils go to his family at this sad time.

Sir Tom Moore is a figure who represents all of the wonderful work that people have done for charity, and for their communities, during this dreadful time. He was a shining light in the darkness of the pandemic and as the Councils lower their flags to honour him, they ask residents to also remember all of the people who have lost their lives over the past 12 months, both within our region and nationally.

Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council, said: "It's very sad news to hear of the passing of Sir Tom Moore. He was a true inspiration to us all and displayed the strength of willpower to achieve an incredible goal, regardless of his age.

"I'm sure I speak not only for the District Council, but also for the whole of the South Hams, in offering our heartfelt condolences to Sir Tom's family. I would also like to take this opportunity to honour the many residents in South Hams who have also contributed hugely to those around them. We offer our thanks and appreciation."

Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council, said: "Sir Tom raised a phenomenal amount of money for NHS charities and not only his charitable contribution, but also the beacon of light he offered the nation, will be fondly remembered. I offer my condolences to his family on behalf of everyone at West Devon Borough Council.

"We now need to continue his legacy and continue to fight this terrible pandemic. We need to support our friends and neighbours, support local businesses and closely follow the lockdown rules."

Issued: 3 February 2021