Tuesday January 2 2018
from the editor’s desk A NICE story on page 1 today about Don Cameron, a very likeable chap who spent 50 years serving as a volunteer fireman. Yes, that’s right – 50 years! So in recognition of Don’s services to the community, he was recognised in the New Year Honours list, alongside a number of other well deserving local people (see pages 1, 2, 4, 5). Don now lives in Somerfield but he is an icon of the Diamond Harbour area where he spent many years fighting fires, attending car crashes and other emergencies that popped up. He was also part of a number of other groups that glue a community together. Being a volunteer firefighter means you are called out at all times of the day and night, so to do that for half a century is nothing short of inspirational. Don made sure through reporter Sarla Donovan’s interview that his wife Bev got the recognition she deserves, and that is captured perfectly in Martin Hunter’s photo on the front page. “My wife Bev’s been right alongside. I used to come home from some incidents and I’d be shaking. You’ve just got to have that clear support and understanding so you can pick yourself up and do it again,” he said. Congratulations Don and Bev. – Barry Clarke
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Former fire chief ‘humbled’ by honour •From page 1 Said Mr Cameron: “You’ve just got to have that clear support and understanding so you can pick yourself up and do it again.” As well as his involvement with the fire brigade, Mr Cameron (left co-founded the Diamond Harbour Rugby Club with Ben Hawkins some 30-odd CHARGE: Former Diamond Harbour chief fire officer Don Cameron retired in 2015 after 50 years of service.
years ago. “When we left Diamond Harbour the community put on a farewell and the current club president, Trevor Turner, said in his speech: ‘Thank you Don for what you’ve done. I’ve made lifelong friends through what you’ve started.’ And I’d never thought about it like that; people have come together through the game of rugby and now they’re lifelong friends.” A mechanic by trade, Mr Cameron had been married a year and was living in Yaldhurst when he heard the local garage
was for sale in Diamond Harbour. That was in 1965. In spite of not knowing anything about the area, he and Bev went over to take a look, decided they would “dip their toes in the water” and ended up staying for 52 years. Over that time, the Camerons raised three children, became involved in the playcentre and Diamond Harbour School committee, and helped establish a school sailing club. Mr Cameron was in the Merrymakers theatre group and was a founding member of the bridge
club. “It’s not putting your name out there; quite the reverse – it’s bringing people together.” He reckons community organisations are more important now than they’ve ever been. “You need your playcentres, your plunkets, your bowls, your arts group, your choir, your bridge club. That’s the structure of a community, it’s the soul. When storms and quakes come, they link the community together. That’s the value – it would be a bland area to live in if there weren’t these organisations.”
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Published on Dec 27, 2017