But this week, it was her daughter Lucy’s turn to take pride, having crowned her amazing £ 29 million fundraiser by becoming the oldest person ever to have a UK No1.
And Captain Tom says he was “blown away” after receiving more than 100,000 cards for his 100th birthday on Thursday.
The army-inspired veteran, who has walked his garden 100 times for NHS workers fighting the coronavirus, also received more than 1,000 gifts from fans.
He dominated the charts by singing a duo of You’ll Never Walk Alone with musical theater star Michael Ball, 57.
Elder daughter Lucy Teixeira said, “Dad is absolutely blown away and humiliated.
“I’ll sing Happy Birthday to him on BBC Breakfast, and he’ll have cake – he likes cake.” “
Lucy, of Reading, Berks, added, “My father took me down the aisle 26 years ago was very special.
“He was very proud.
“He told me an old army story to calm my nerves. “
Earlier this week, Pride Of Britain host Carol Vorderman presented Tom with a surprise Pride Of Britain award via video link on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Royalty and stars also lined up to pay tribute to his efforts in a special montage video, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, actors Dame Julie Walters and Michael Sheen and sports heroes Anthony Joshua, Harry Kane and Joe Root.
Actor Sir David Jason, 80, said, “In the 1940s, you and your comrades stepped in to help the country and here you are again, you are a hero. And I salute you. ”
Lucy said, “My father has inspired all of his life. I looked at him determined, I saw him do things. His Yorkshire grit and British determination are etched in him, as many people now see.
“He said that a Yorkshireman’s word is his bond – if he says he’s going to do something, then he’s going to do it. I would say that is his motto. “