Former Dereham businessman dies aged 70

Don Cameron, who ran four shops in Dereham and was a former chamber of trade chairman, has died aged 70.

Mr Cameron, who was born in Scotland, moved to Dereham in 1972 and opened the Dereham Cafe in Norwich Street where Curl Up and Dye is now situated.

The cafe became very popular and had the first pin ball machines in Dereham.

Mr Cameron developed his business and took over the news rounds from Colin Chambers of Chambers and then opened Camerons newsagents after rebuilding the former offices of Gray's seeds merchants further along Norwich Street in 1976.

Mr Cameron opened his fourth business - the First and Last newsagents - in the High Street next to The Bull pub in 1978.

He was a well known character in the town and got to see even more people when he bought a 49cc reinforced tubular steel-framed moped from Earls Court and used it to deliver papers.

It was the only one of its kind in East Anglia and could carry enough papers to supply 100 customers on a single five-mile trip.

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Mr Cameron started collecting stamps in the 1970s and in 1985 opened the Dereham Stamp Centre behind his Norwich Street shop.

He was chairman of the chamber of trade in 1983, a tourist information officer and was on the committee of the Leslie Potter Memorial Trust.

Mr Cameron was married to Susan for 45 years and has a son Andrew and daughter-in-law Susan and grandsons Jamie and Liam.

His funeral service is on Friday May 18, 11.30am at Trinity Methodist Church in Dereham.

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