OPINION: Pay respect to a war hero

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The spirit and kindness of the Sheffield public should never be underestimated.

On Monday our front page called on readers to pay their last respects to George Thompson, who fought bravely in the Second World War – but has passed away with almost nobody to attend his final send-off.

Today we repeat the request to try and give George the farewell he deserves.

Since making our plea we have been inundated with messages on our website, via social media and through the post.

National newspapers have picked up on the story and are carrying out their own campaigns, which are complementary to ours.

It has been heartening to hear from people who knew George as a young man or who may have worked with him.

And it is humbling to be able to play a part in bringing together the community for someone who served his country with such distinction.

George spent his final years in a care home without any relatives or close friends to look after him.

Please pay your respects at his funeral if you are able to.

The funeral will take place on Friday, May 30, at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Periwood Lane, at 3.30pm.