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DRIVING a superstar around London is a dream for some people.

But for Mel Bailey it will become a reality during this year’s Olympic Games.

The 52-year-old, of Hill Head in Fareham, has been chosen to guide VIPs around the city when the Games rolls up in the UK for the first time since 1948.

She was one of 250,000 applicants to be a volunteer and, following interviews, was whittled down to be offered one of the 70,000 roles.

Mrs Bailey will drive famous figures and dignitaries around London in a top-of-the-range BMW. This year’s games run from July 27 to August 12.

She said: ‘We are going to be on-call in unsociable hours with the role, but we are driving VIPs to events and social activities, and organising trips out for them. I just cannot wait. I wanted to do it to meet other people and do something that will never happen again.’

Mrs Bailey took part in a training day at Wembley Arena, which featured inspirational talks from former athlete Jonathan Edwards and comedian Eddie Izzard.

She will take part in two more training sessions.