Ex-soldier sends birthday gift to Captain Tom from Narborough
A former soldier from Narborough has turned his artistic talent into a 100th birthday present for the inspirational fundraiser, Captain Tom Moore.
Ian Hindle, who spent 23 years in the army and has post-traumatic stress disorder, says he had never held a pencil until he took up pyrography two years ago.
He describes the art, in which wood or other materials are decorated through the use of burn marks, as “his relief and distraction.”
And he has now created a special artwork which has been sent to Captain Moore ahead of his 100th birthday next week.
Ian said: “I know he’s going to get thousands of letters and everything else.
“I just felt I wanted to do something special for him, from one veteran to another, as a thank you from the nation.”
The framed work features the words of a new poem written about Captain Moore by Matt Walford, who gave permission for the poem to be used after Ian contacted him over Facebook.
It also includes two poppies as well as references to Captain Moore’s war service and West Yorkshire, where he was born and brought up.
Narborough’s Breckland council representative, Peter Wilkinson said he had been left “astonished” by Ian’s work.
He added: “I’m so proud of how people have pulled together in the village.”
To see more of Ian’s work, visit his Burnt Therapy page on Facebook.