It is with sorrow that we learn of the passing of Scottish community rail stalwart, Sheila Sinclair.
She was a woman who pulled out all the stops when there was a job to be done, whether it was as secretary of the East Lothian Community Rail Partnership, leading the local community council or steering her town to glory in Britain in Bloom.
Sheila was a volunteer with the East Lothian Community Rail Partnership and became the organisation’s Honorary Secretary. “During that time, she proved to be an invaluable asset,” said Harry Barker, chair of the Partnership. “Her dedication to the Partnership extended to having meetings of the committee in her house where we discussed all manner of things, but in particular her desire to have public toilets reinstated at the station in North Berwick which was perhaps one of her most determined crusades, but sadly not realised in her lifetime.”
She did however reach an agreement with a nearby gallery allowing rail customers to use its facility, took a constructive part in an audit of East Lothian stations and often attended Association of Community Rail Partnership conferences, usually held in England or Wales, plus ScotRail events in Glasgow and Stirling, where her networking skills were ably demonstrated.
“Her encyclopaedic knowledge of who did what in East Lothian, coupled with her contacts and personal acquaintances, stood her well in all she did and she will be sorely missed,” added Mr Barker.