Pegasus Post: January 02, 2018

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Tuesday January 2 2018

from the editor’s desk

COMMUNITY NEWS

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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•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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