TODAY we celebrate a national hero.

Captain Tom Moore has become a symbol of positivity among the coronavirus pandemic.

It was just a few short weeks ago that the World War 2 veteran, then aged 99, began a fundraising campaign to raise money for charities supporting those who care for coronavirus patients.

By completing 10 laps of his garden per day using a walking frame, Captain Tom and his 100th Birthday Walk For The NHS caught the imagination to the point that he has become a household name.

The big-hearted war hero has raised a record Just Giving amount of almost £30m.

What's more, he became the oldest ever recipient of a UK number one hit record with his collaboration with Michael Ball, the aptly-named 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

To mark his 100th birthday today, a Great Western Railway train has been named in his honour and there will even be an RAF Flypast to mark the occasion.

Readers of The Mail have been among those to donate to Captain Tom's cause and today the man himself thanks you all personally.

So when you're clapping for our key workers tonight, make sure you also make plenty of noise for this unlikely but most welcome national treasure.

A very happy 100th birthday Captain Tom!