Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
3:30 PM 7th August 2020

The Coniston Welcomes Captain Sir Tom Moore: Yorkshire Hero Returns Home For Yorkshire Day

The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa were honoured to welcome Captain Sir Tom Moore and his family to stay with them over the Yorkshire Day weekend to take part in some small community sessions.

Captain Sir Tom at Coniston Hotel
Captain Sir Tom at Coniston Hotel
The Keighley born war veteran became a national hero after raising almost £39 million for NHS charities during the coronavirus crisis by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

On his first public outing since shielding from the coronavirus, Captain Sir Tom returned to his home county by visiting The Coniston Hotel – less than half an hour from his place of birth - to host some short sessions to engage and inspire the local community.

In attendance at the small, socially distanced sessions were representatives from the local emergency services, health care providers, schools, religious groups, farming community and tourism agency, as well as a number of Yorkshire businesses.

The sessions told the incredible story of Captain Sir Tom in his, and his family’s, own words, shared their highlights over the past four months and discussed important topics such as bereavement, loneliness and hope. It is these three themes that are close to the hearts of Captain Sir Tom and his family and underpin the next part of his journey - ‘The Captain Tom Foundation’ – a charity that has been setup by them to inspire hope where it is needed the most.

Captain Sir Tom with his family
Captain Sir Tom with his family
Captain Sir Tom commented:
“I remain truly humbled and grateful for the support I have received from far and wide but the warm reception I received returning home to Yorkshire was particularly special. The team at The Coniston Hotel took such great care of us and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with the local community. It really was great to be back.”

Nick Bannister, Owner and Director of The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa commented:
“It was a great honour to host Captain Sir Tom Moore and his family at The Coniston – especially on Yorkshire Day! The community sessions were much enjoyed and were a huge source of inspiration to all who attended. We are proud to have played a part in the day and to support ‘The Captain Tom Foundation.’

What Captain Sir Tom has accomplished over the past few months is simply incredible, not only did he raise millions of pounds for the NHS, he raised the hopes of the nation during the dark and difficult days of the coronavirus pandemic, and we are delighted to have welcomed him. The Foundation vision of a “more hopeful world” resonates with us all at this time. He is a true Yorkshireman, a national hero and an inspiration to us all! Thank you Captain Sir Tom!”

During his visit Captain Sir Tom also officially opened The Coniston’s brand new restaurant, The View, which celebrates the very best of the county, from local produce to local landscapes. Aptly named due to boasting breath-taking vistas of the Dales on the doorstep, the new venue pays homage to its home county and offers visitors a true taste of Yorkshire.