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It’s coming up roses for Captain Tom memorial Posted On 05 March 2021

This image is for illustrative purposes only and not what the memorial will necessarily look like once built

Work starts on floral tribute to the hero of lockdown


A large-scale floral tribute to commemorate the life of national treasure, Captain Sir Tom Moore, is to be constructed at Bretton’s Pyramid Centre.

It will be one of many memorials up and down the country to “Captain Tom”, the inspirational fundraiser who captured the hearts of the nation when he set out to raise £1,000 for the NHS by walking 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th birthday. The total stands at just shy of £33million.

He died last month and there has been a flood of ideas from members of the public and local authorities to create lasting legacies to the national hero.

At Bretton, the parish council will be working alongside resident Tom Brown, who told the Peterborough Matters website: “I am excited to be doing this. I think he was a great chap.

“I am planning a pergola with an arch of roses and maybe have a seat in the area. We are going to have a brass plaque with his name on it.”

Mr Brown, who lives in North Bretton, is a keen gardener who spent lockdown planting a memorial garden for those who lost their lives during the pandemic. He also said it was a tribute to all the key workers, thanking them for their efforts.

It contributed to him earning a civic award, and of his latest project, Mr Brown said: “It’s still in early days. There is quite a lot of rubbish that we are first clearing out and I have started digging holes.

“It could take a few months, but the parish council is funding me.”

The garden may not be the only tribute to “Captain Tom” in Peterborough. There may be an artistic depiction of him with the idea of a giant mural towards the entrance at the hospital gaining traction.

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