I NEVER read the views of the Reverend Jared Robinson-Brown describing people’s thanks and pride in Captain Sir Tom Moore as “white British nationalism” until I read Peter Garbutt’s letter (HAS, Feb 13) where I got the impression that he was slightly (!) annoyed with this clergyman.

Can I add my pennyworth? Captain Tom’s story was wonderful because at that time the only news we were getting was doom and gloom. The nation was urgently looking for some good news and that is why the nation jumped on the bandwagon.

I honestly believe that Tom did not need to be white British to have grabbed the headlines. He could have been any ethnicity and the nation would still have taken him to their heart, but I hope Jared Robinson-Brown doesn’t take this view as patronising.

I can remember tears coming to my eyes several times watching the news when Tom was alive and did I think at any time that I was so moved because Capt Tom was white British? Certainly not.

The reverend has demeaned this whole lovely news story a little.

I came back to England in the mid-1960s and, as most people living at that time will admit, this country was racist.

Times have moved on and I would give the view that this country is among the most tolerant in the world.

We do not live in Utopia, and you cannot legislate against innermost beliefs, but racism exists in all races and you could say that Jared Robinson-Brown’s views don’t help.

Thomas Ball, Barnard Castle.