AN Army Cadet from Innerleithen is coming out of retirement to represent her local MP on Remembrance Sunday.

Teenager Sophie Watts stood down from her position as Lord Lieutenant's Cadet earlier this year because of a family illness.

Wreaths will be laid by dignitaries at the Peeblesshire War Memorial within the Quadrangle next Sunday morning during the 100th anniversary commemorations of Armistice.

But, with David Mundell in his role as Secretary of State for Scotland due to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in London, she was asked to dig out her uniform once more for Remembrance Sunday.

Mr Mundell said: "I was so pleased that Sophie was selected to lay the wreath on my behalf at Peebles' impressive War Memorial during this year's particularly poignant Remembrance Day commemorations.

"She has excelled as the Lord Lieutenant's Cadet and during all her time with the Army Cadet Force platoon in Peebles.

"I could not ask for a more worthy representative.

"My thoughts will be with all those taking part in the Peebles ceremony and across my constituency when I represent Scotland in my role as Secretary of State at the national service of remembrance at the Cenotaph in London."

Each year the Lord Lieutenant for Tweeddale Hew Strachan appoints several young people from youth organisations to assist him on civic duties.

And Sophie was the popular choice for being an ambassador for the Army Cadets.

Major John Currie MBE, who is part of the Peebles Remembrance organising committee, said: "Sophie was selected to represent Mr Mundell as a thank you for being the Lord Lieutenant's Cadet, carrying out her duties with distinction.

"We are delighted she will be laying a wreath during this special day of Remembrance."