A statement issued on behalf of his daughters Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore said: “Over the past year our father spoke openly about his death and his funeral, and had wondered out loud if perhaps the interest in him over the last 12 months would mean we would need to have more Victoria sponge cakes available for the extra guests.
“Sadly, like so many other families affected by the pandemic, we have no choice but to hold a small family funeral, which will take place this Saturday. While we understand so many people wish to pay their respects to our father, we ask that the public and the press continue to support the NHS by staying at home.
“We have been contacted by so many people asking what they can do to honour our father, so we have set up an online book of condolence. People can also donate to The Captain Tom Foundation, plant a tree in his memory or donate to a charity of your choice.
“In the last few months of his life, our father had spent many enjoyable hours writing a book he chose to call Captain Tom’s Life Lessons, which he planned to release just before his 101st birthday. Sadly, he’ll never get to share this with you personally.”