An­niver­sary joy for ex-provost and wife

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

It was di­a­mond smiles from the ‘Peo­ple’s Provost’Ken Cameron OBE and wife Molly on Wed­nes­day as they cel­e­brated their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary.

Dum­friesshire Lord Lieu­tenant Fiona Arm­strong pre­sented a mes­sage of con­grat­u­la­tions from the Queen at their Ard­wall Road home in Dum­fries.

Eighty-five-year-old Ken, who was a Dum­fries coun­cil­lor for 42 years and provost for 12, says their long and happy mar­riage is due to them be­ing“there for each other, and our fam­ily keeps us right.”

He said:“Molly is my rock. With­out her, and the sup­port from the pub­lic, I could never have achieved all the things I have done. Peo­ple in Dum­fries and Gal­loway are good peo­ple, sec­ond to none.”

Molly, aged 84, hails from Lochfoot and at­tended Kir­cud­bright Academy, while Ken spent his early child­hood in Clarence­field and Mouswald be­fore his fam­ily set­tled in Dum­fries where he was a pupil at Lore­burn Pri­mary and Dum­fries High.

They met at a dance in South­wick and were mar­ried at Mouswald Church on Septem­ber 12, 1958.

Dur­ing his Na­tional Ser­vice of over two years, Ken joined the King’s Own Scot­tish Border­ers and, af­ter train­ing in Ed­in­burgh, was trans­ferred to in­fantry bat­tal­ion the Scot­tish Camero­ni­ans and saw ac­tion in Malaya.

On his re­turn, he joined the fire ser­vice in Dum­fries and gave 30 years of ser­vice.

Molly was as­sis­tant manger at Simp­son’s shoe shop near Burns Statue and then man­ager for 16

years at Thorn­ton’s on the High Street. They have three chil­dren – Lynda, Elaine and Ken­neth – and four grand­chil­dren and are plan­ning a fam­ily hol­i­day later this year to cel­e­brate their an­niver­sary.

Ken is best known for his ded­i­ca­tion as an in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor, re­turned to of­fice by vot­ers five times.

He served on many com­mit­tees over the years, in­clud­ing chair­man of the po­lice com­mit­tee, and rep­re­sented the re­gion at events in the UK and abroad.

He is a hon­orary pres­i­dent of Dum­fries Guid Ny­ch­bur­ris; served on Lochar­biggs and Heath­hall

Com­mu­nity Coun­cils; was chair­man of the Chil­dren’s 1st Dum­fries Ac­tion Group for 20 years; first chair­man of the Lochar­briggs Com­mu­nity Cen­tre – among many other achieve­ments and com­mu­nity ser­vice.

As well as be­ing a ref­eree in the am­a­teur foot­ball leagues in the re­gion, Ken was also a SFA ref­eree and lines­man dur­ing the 1970s and 80s. He was one of the first SFA refs to get a Euro­pean game and says one of the high­lights was refeer­ing a Queen of the South v Pre­ston North End match, as well as be­ing lines­man at many Rangers and Celtic games.

Di­a­mond cou­ple Ken Cameron OBE and wife Molly with Dum­friesshire Lord Lieu­tenant Fiona Arm­strong and their card from the Queen

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