Piccadilly Lights pays tribute to a great British hero


As the entire nation mourns the loss of a true hero, the Piccadilly Lights in London and other national landmarks paid their respects to Captain Sir Tom Moore last night.

The tribute is also repeating today (Wednesday) between 8.30am and 12noon.

Piccadilly Lights and Captain Sir Tom

Landsec’s Piccadilly Circus screen is carrying a final salute to the war veteran. Other landmarks including the Blackpool Tower, Wembley Stadium and London Eye were bathed in blue, while flags flew at half-mast.

London’s Piccadilly Lights are managed by Out-of-home firm Ocean Outdoor.

Captain Sir Tom captured the heart of the nation by walking 100 lengths of his garden to raise more than £32 million to support the National Health Service and other charities in the grip of the pandemic.

This remarkable achievement was celebrated by the Piccadilly Lights last year (see below), with a further message appearing to celebrate the World War II hero’s 100th birthday on April 30 2020.

“Captain Sir Tom’s extraordinary efforts reminded us all that it’s never too late to make a difference”, Ocean said on its website Wednesday.

“And his message inspired many others to walk in his footsteps, with six-year-old Tony Hudgell and 104-year-old Joan Willett also completing their own personal challenges.”

“Captain Sir Tom Moore lifted and united the nation through his life, optimism and gracious spirit. He was the hero who gave us all hope.”

Ocean’s billboards for good

Ocean Outdoor has used its billboards throughout the pandemic to send messages of support, thanks and gratitude to thousands. This has often included giving space to worthy individuals like Captain Tom.

The company has also helped small and medium-sized businesses since last year, by offering free ad spots at the height of the first lockdown in the UK. Mediashotz was among the many beneficiaries of these helping gestures.

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