A grandmother of eight has been handpicked to play a major role in the prestigious Festival of Remembrance Parade at the Albert Hall this weekend.
Sheila Scott, 62, who is a member of the British Legion’s Morley branch, is one of just eight people from across the country to be enlisted to take part in the procession on Saturday, where she will be representing welfare case workers.
The annual parade will be a particularly poignant one in 2014, as the nation comes together to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.
Sheila said: “I’m very much looking forward to it. I’ve only been to London twice. It will be special because it’s an opportunity that I’ll never have again. Last year I said to someone in the British Legion that I’d love to do Albert Hall. I don’t know whether that was noted.”
Sheila joined the British Legion for support in 1996 while her youngest son was serving in Northern Ireland. As part of her association with the Legion she is a familiar face at Leeds Market, where she volunteers at the Poppy Appeal shop every year.
“It is something I like doing and it does get me out and about so I’m not sat at home looking at four walls,” she said. “It’s a cause very close to my heart.”
It will be a busy weekend for Sheila, as she travels down to London on Friday before taking part in two dress rehearsals before the two main parades on Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.
“I can’t wait to go and do it,” she said.