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Her mother, Melissa McLellan, said each year, Sophie would wait for the crowds to clear, and play the bagpipes at the grave of her two granddads, as well as a great-grandparent, who had been buried in the RSA section.
But this year, as the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of events, she played Amazing Grace at home and decided, as it was within walking distance, she would march to the cemetery alone.
It was not long before neighbours noticed and joined her, while maintaining distance between each other’s bubbles.
People, both young and old, stood on their driveways and balconies to watch.
Some followed her on foot, bikes and scooters.
At the cemetery, people who had been sitting on chairs at soldiers’ graves, stood to attention as Sophie walked in. They said it had been “wonderful” to hear the bagpipes while they were there in commemoration.