‘The sound of peace’ was how one texter to BBC Radio Five Live described the flypast of a Hurricane and a Spitfire over Colonel Tom Moore’s house this morning, in celebration of his hundredth birthday, in honour of his greatness as a human being. In the darkest of times, Colonel Moore guides us towards a brighter day.

Colonel Moore did not need to attempt to raise £1000 towards the NHS charities by walking around his garden 100 times before his 100th birthday. He had already served his country with honour. Comfortably off, Colonel Moore could have simply, and deservedly, enjoyed his days having already contributed more than any of us could ever dream of doing.

In the beginning, I suspect Colonel Moore believed that reaching his target would be difficult, given the terrible crisis we are in, but he carried on regardless. Any sum raised would make a difference to someone’s life. As I write, the sum raised has managed to beat his target by almost £31 million. I honestly believe his is one of the greatest achievements of all time.

My son pointed out that Colonel Moore should not be compared with anyone else, least of all a politician. Nothing should detract from his achievements in both raising vast sums of money which will improve the lives of thousands of people or his unique ability to unite so much of the country.

Watching the Colonel wave and almost punch the air as the Hurricane and Spitfire flew past his house was one of the most emotional things I have ever seen. The sound of peace and the sight of a shining star, a true hero.

Colonel Tom Moore is the best of us. That’s all we need to know.