Northamptonshire's buses will stop at 6pm tonight to join national 'Clap for Captain Tom'

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Northamptonshire's buses will come to a halt to join the 'Clap for Captain Tom' at 6pm TONIGHT.

Boris Johnson announced the salute to Colonel Tom Moore at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons at lunchtime.

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But bus operator Stagecoach Midlands quickly got on board with the idea, revealing their vehicles across the county will be halted where it's safe to do so drivers and passengers can pay tribute tweeting: "Where safe, our great team will pull over and clap...and we would love for you to join us clapping to lift spirits in his honour!"

The Second World War veteran, who inspired the nation by raising tens of millions of pounds for the NHS during last year's lockdown, died on Tuesday at the age of 100 after contracting Covid-19.

As well as local bus drivers, Mr Johnson urged the rest of the country to join in with a national clap for Captain Sir Tom and all healthcare workers this evening.

He told the Commons: "We all now have the opportunity to show our appreciation for him and all that he stood for and believed in.

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"That is why I encourage everyone to join in a national clap for Captain Tom and all those health workers for whom he raised money at 6pm this evening.

Flowers and tributes near Sir Tom's home at Marston Moretaine todayFlowers and tributes near Sir Tom's home at Marston Moretaine today
Flowers and tributes near Sir Tom's home at Marston Moretaine today

"Captain Sir Tom Moore dedicated his life to serving his country and others.

"His was a long life, lived well whether during his time defending our nation, his time as an Army officer, or last year bringing the country together through his incredible fundraising drive for the NHS, which gave millions the chance to thank the extraordinary men and women who have protected us during this pandemic

"As Captain Tom repeatedly reminded us: Tomorrow will be a good day. He inspired the very best in us all and his legacy will continue to do so for generations to come."

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Hundreds of flowers and tributes were left close to Sir Tom's home at Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, overnight and today.

Thursday claps became a tradition during the first lockdown as Northamptonshire folk took to doorsteps and streets to show their thanks to those working on the Covid frontline.