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Captain Tom Moore close to becoming UK’s oldest chart topper with Michael Ball duet

© Emma Sohl / Capture The Light PhotographyCaptain Tom Moore
Captain Tom Moore

A charity single featuring fundraising hero Captain Tom Moore is going head to head with Canadian star The Weeknd to top the UK charts this week.

Captain Tom’s duet with Michael Ball on You’ll Never Walk Alone is closing in on top spot on the UK Official Chart Company Singles Chart after thousands of downloads.

But it’ll be a close call, with The Weeknd’s chart-topping Blinding Lights still proving popular.

Captain Tom has already surpassed the £500,000 target for his ‘Walk for the NHS’ appeal, which has now raised over £26million for NHS Charities Together.

And he could have the added accolade of being the oldest person to have a UK number one single ahead of celebrating his 100th birthday next week.

Tom Jones’ Gavin and Stacey inspired Comic Relief single (Barry) Islands in the Stream hit number one in 2009 when the Welsh crooner was 68, making him the current oldest living person to have a UK number one single.

Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn is the oldest artist to ever chart, most recently with her album 100 in 2017 in her centenary year.

100% of Captain Tom, Michael Ball and Decca Records’ proceeds from the single will be donated to Captain Tom Moore’s 100th Birthday Walk in aid of NHS Charities Together.

The fundraising efforts have caught the public’s attention, giving generously to support NHS staff and volunteers caring for patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

The song can be downloaded here.