Video: Mural honouring fundraising efforts of Captain Tom Moore painted in east Belfast
A MURAL honouring the fundraising efforts of inspirational World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore has been painted in east Belfast.
The art work, located in the Clonduff estate, is expected to be officially unveiled tonight to coincide with the weekly clap for carers.
While normally adorned with paramilitary murals, the newest art work in the Tullyard Way area applauds the work of NHS staff and Captain Tom, who has raised more than £29 million for the health service by walking laps of his garden ahead of his 100th birthday today.
It is understood elderly residents in the area will cut the ribbon at the mural tonight.
The Clonduff community, working in partnership with east Belfast ACT initiative, commissioned Blaze FX to paint the mural. It is part of community efforts in east Belfast during the Covid-19 crisis, which has also seen 350 meals delivered every day.
Meanwhile, actor James Nesbitt has delivered a special birthday message to Captain Tom to mark his milestone birthday today.
The Coleraine-born star lent his distinctive tones to a poem paying tribute to the veteran, which it is hoped will help Captain Tom hit £30 million for NHS Charities as health workers continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
"When our NHS needed us most, one man walked forward with a tale to tell that captured our hearts and we became engrossed," Nesbitt reads on the video message.
"He has brought a people together with drive and determination in our hour of need and most challenging time of separation.
"A war veteran from one front line encouraging each and every one of us to support those fighting this time.
"As he approaches his 100th year and so much in the world gone wrong, we tip our cap to you Captain Tom, a man who has made us all belong."