Captain Tom tops the UK music charts at the age of 99

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Captain Tom Moore, the war veteran who walked laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS, has become the oldest person ever to score a number one single in the UK.

At the age of 99, his duet with Michael Ball has knocked Canadian superstar The Weeknd from the top of the charts.

Their cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone sold 82,000 copies, with proceeds going to the NHS Charities Together fund.

“My grandchildren can’t believe I’m a chart-topper,” said Capt Tom.

He thanked the public for buying the single, adding: “We’re in this together, and I am forever grateful for your support.

“And this just proves ‘you’ll never walk alone’.”

Capt Tom’s birthday is next Thursday, meaning he will still be number one when he turns 100.

That will make him the first centenarian to top the charts, having already broken the record for the oldest person to reach number one.