Congratulations to Captain Tom Moore on raising £33 million for the NHS and reaching the milestone of 100 years old, and also for receiving his knighthood.

What a shame that Captain Hedley Verity of the Green Howards was not also able to receive a posthumous knighthood for his monumental and outstanding bowling performances at county and Test match level in cricket. In 1939 he held and still has the unique distinction of claiming the wicket of the greatest batsman of all times, Sir Donald Bradman, more times than any other bowler during the Don’s career.

Sadly Hedley paid the supreme sacrifice in 1943 when he died from his injuries in the war and is now laid to rest in a military cemetery in Sicily. I would like to raise a glass to both Captain Verity and Sir Tom . Cheers.

Mike Kitching, Old Malton