A ST ANNES pensioner is looking to paint the town scarlet this month with a visit from a military hero.
Myra Sutcliffe, of Ashton View, St Georges Road, St Annes, is set to welcome Chelsea Pensioner Denis Shiels, who will be staying in the guest suite there on a five day visit and joined by a fellow comrade.
Ex-commando Denis, 84, hit headlines along with six other fellow Chelsea Pensioners after the phenomenal success of a CD called Men in Scarlet released in November of last year.
Although none of them are trained singers, the disc, which has been certified gold.
Featuring contributions from established vocalists Dame Vera Lynn and Katherine Jenkins, it was made to raise money for the Chelsea Royal Hospital.
Most recently Denis appeared alongside his comrades at The Royal Variety Performance
Widower Myra said: “We’ve been friends for several years and every time I’ve gone down to London I’ve always called on him.
“It’s a nice friendship and now he’s met all the family. I went down a few weeks ago with my daughter and some friends.”
The pair first met each other when Denis and his wife lived in Poplar Court.
When Denis’ wife passed away he moved to the hospital in Chelsea that has provided a haven for ex-soldiers since 1600. They have remained friends ever since.
The hospital is not tax funded and relies on charitable donations to ensure its upkeep as well as repairs for future generations.
During their stay Myra intends to take Denis and his comrade Richard out on a tour of the area to show them the sights.