Colonel Tom Moore revealed he appeared on Blankety Blank aged 63


Colonel Tom Moore’s incredible National Health Service fundraising attempt isn’t his first brush with fame, as it’s revealed he previously appeared on Blankety Blank.

An unearthed clip shows Colonel Tom aged 63 charm the audience as he chats to the late Terry Wogan, while appearing on the game show in 1983.

Fans of Tom, who celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday, lauded the veteran after the short clip was shown on BBC Breakfast.

Surprise! Colonel Tom Moore’s incredible National Health Service fundraising attempt isn’t his first brush with fame, as it’s revealed he previously appeared on Blankety Blank

The former Captain’s witty demeanour was evident as he made the host and audience laugh while telling them he was from a ‘good place’ called Tipps End.

He also revealed his ‘girls’ – daughters Hannah and Lucy – aged 14 and 16 would be watching from home.

Tom walked away from the show with its infamous chequebook and pen, after appearing on a Christmas special version of the programme.

Amazing: An unearthed clip shows Colonel Tom aged 63 charm the audience as he chats to the late Terry Wogan (pictured), while appearing on the game show in 1983

Amazing: An unearthed clip shows Colonel Tom aged 63 charm the audience as he chats to the late Terry Wogan (pictured), while appearing on the game show in 1983

After taking home the bogey prize, Terry joked: ‘You’ll be able to show it to your grandchildren for many-a-year!’

Tom, who has wowed the nation with his £30million fundraising effort, was reunited with the chequebook during an appearance on the morning TV show.

Also appearing was actress and singer Ruth Madoc wishing him a happy birthday via video message, as she revealed she was the celebrity guest on the show that day.

What a legend! Fans of Tom, who celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday, lauded the veteran after the short clip was shown on BBC Breakfast

What a legend! Fans of Tom, who celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday, lauded the veteran after the short clip was shown on BBC Breakfast

She said: ‘We met on Blankety Blank many years go. Well, haven’t you done well. It’s wonderful what you’ve done. Many congratulations to you on your 100th birthday!

‘No wonder you saved the notepad and pen from it because it was very special.’

Fans were bowled over after seeing the clip and took to Twitter to hail Tom a ‘legend’, with one writing: ‘Just read he was on Blankety black in 1983, what a legend!’

Reaction: Fans were bowled over after seeing the clip and took to Twitter to hail Tom a 'legend', with one writing: 'Just read he was on Blankety black in 1983, what a legend!'

Reaction: Fans were bowled over after seeing the clip and took to Twitter to hail Tom a ‘legend’, with one writing: ‘Just read he was on Blankety black in 1983, what a legend!’

Happy Birthday! Colonel Tom, who has raised £30m for the NHS, celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday

Happy Birthday! Colonel Tom, who has raised £30m for the NHS, celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday

While another added: ‘A very happy #100thbirthday to the incredible @captaintommoore, who appeared on the 1983 Christmas edition of Blankety Blank!

‘What an absolute legend & gentleman. Have an incredible day from all at #FOB towers x.’

One person, who appeared to be the researcher behind the find, said: ‘While looking into @captaintommoore’s amazing 100 years we found this BRILLIANT appearance on #blanketyblank on #ChristmasDay in 1983!’

Another said: ‘The fact that #CaptainTom still has his Blankety Blank chequebook (minus the pen) has made my day!’ 

While a different user added: ‘As if we didn’t love Colonel Tom Moore enough already it now turns out he was on Blankety Blank back in the day!’ 

Blankety Blank: While a different user added: 'As if we didn't love Colonel Tom Moore enough already it now turns out he was on Blankety Blank back in the day!'

Blankety Blank: While a different user added: ‘As if we didn’t love Colonel Tom Moore enough already it now turns out he was on Blankety Blank back in the day!’

Ha Ha! The former Captain's witty demeanour was evident as he made the host and audience laugh while telling them he was from a 'good place' called Tipps End

Ha Ha! The former Captain’s witty demeanour was evident as he made the host and audience laugh while telling them he was from a ‘good place’ called Tipps End

The Second World War veteran’s fundraising effort led to an outpouring of support from all over the world.

As well as walking, he also recorded a version of You’ll Never Walk Alone with singer Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir, which saw even more money raised for charity.

In celebration of his birthday, Colonel Tom was granted a personalised telegram from the Queen and a poignant flypast in his honour.

Honour: Captain Tom poses with his birthday card which has a personalised message from Her Majesty The Queen

Honour: Captain Tom poses with his birthday card which has a personalised message from Her Majesty The Queen

The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis, the Queen’s representative in the county, delivered Captain Tom a birthday card from the monarch, telling him, ‘It was a pleasure to present it to you Sir on behalf of HM The Queen.’

The Queen wrote: ‘I am so pleased to know that you are celebrating your one hundredth birthday. I was also most interested to hear of your recent fundraising efforts for NHS Charities Together at this difficult time. I send my congratulations and best wishes to you on such a special occasion.’    

On an overwhelming day, the inspirational World War II veteran was also promoted to Honorary Colonel by her Majesty after he captured the hearts of the nation by raising £31 million for the NHS by doing laps of his garden.

The Queen wrote: 'I am so pleased to know that you are celebrating your one hundredth birthday. I was also most interested to hear of your recent fundraising efforts for NHS Charities Together at this difficult time. I send my congratulations and best wishes to you on such a special occasion.'

The Queen wrote: ‘I am so pleased to know that you are celebrating your one hundredth birthday. I was also most interested to hear of your recent fundraising efforts for NHS Charities Together at this difficult time. I send my congratulations and best wishes to you on such a special occasion.’

Colonel Tom Moore with his daughter Hannah, and the telegram he received from Her Majesty today

Colonel Tom Moore with his daughter Hannah, and the telegram he received from Her Majesty today 

The 100-year-old was then treated to two flypasts by Army Air Corps helicopters as well as a Spitfire and a Hurricane to mark his big day, fighting back tears as the historic aircraft thundered across the skies.

The Prime Minister today called the Colonel a ‘point of light in our lives’ as he wished him a happy 100th birthday and thanked him for pulling the nation together through the coronavirus pandemic.

Boris Johnson told Colonel Tom on BBC Breakfast: ‘Your heroic efforts have lifted the spirits of the entire nation. 

Well done: The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis, the Queen's representative in the county, delivered Captain Tom a birthday card from the monarch

Well done: The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis, the Queen’s representative in the county, delivered Captain Tom a birthday card from the monarch

‘You’ve created a channel to enable millions to say a heartfelt thank you to the remarkable men and women in our NHS who are doing the most astounding job.

‘There is a tradition going back some years now where the Prime Minister takes a moment each day to thank someone for their service to others.

‘By recognising them as a point of light. Captain Tom, that is exactly what you are – a point of light in all our lives. So, on behalf of the whole country, thank you, and have a very special 100th birthday.’

He did it! Colonel Tom fist pumped as he watched the flypast in his honour this morning. He said after the event: 'I am one of the few people here who has seen a hurricane fly past in anger, but today, they're flying past in peace'

He did it! Colonel Tom fist pumped as he watched the flypast in his honour this morning. He said after the event: ‘I am one of the few people here who has seen a hurricane fly past in anger, but today, they’re flying past in peace’

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