Tribute paid to long-serving town councillor and community stalwart

Campbell MacCallum, pictured in 2005. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Campbell MacCallum, pictured in 2005. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

A well-respected town councillor and photographer who campaigned to improve road safety has died.

One of the photos Campbell MacCallum took of the Wells lifeboat craft.

One of the photos Campbell MacCallum took of the Wells lifeboat craft. - Credit: courtesy of Wells Station RNLI

Campbell MacCallum, from Wells-next-the-Sea, died on April 3, aged 78.

Greg Hewitt, town clerk, said Mr MacCallum would be much missed.

Mr Hewitt said: “He was a very active and well-respected councillor and quite a key figure in the town. He was very well known in the community.”

Mr MacCallum had been a councillor for 12 years and was due to stand at this local government year’s elections.

He was the council’s portfolio holder for traffic management and parking.

Mr Hewitt said: “That was something that he fought long and hard for. He has done an awful lot for the town in terms of road safety and traffic management.”

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Mr MacCallum was well known for his photography, including the many photos he took at the town’s RNLI team and station over the years.

He was also a member of Wells sailing club for almost 50 years and sailed a Sharpie-class yacht.

He was a commodore and committee member of the club and was a driving force in getting an extension built.

Two good friends of his, Gary Anthony and Richard Cracknell, said Mr MacCallum would be remembered for his “dogged determination and dry wit enjoying a laugh even at his own expense”.

James Case, boat builder and sailing club member, said: “Every local sailing club has a few characters, and in Campbell MacCallum, Wells had a truly memorable one. His imposing stature, fine Scottish wit and enthusiasm, will long be remembered at Wells SC.

“His passion and determination to finish races always shone through.

“Throughout his long association with sailing, his photographic talents have left both the Sailing Club and Sharpie class, a wonderful record of our racing over the years. Ashore, his group photos of our club members, have given us a lasting memory of fellow sailors for over 40 years.”

Mr MacCallum is survived by wife Dorothy, and was father to Fiona, Stuart, Rob, Jamie, and grandfather to Ruben, Tara, Milo, Evie, Matilda, Jake and Jonty.

There will be a memorial service at Wells’ St Nicholas Church on Wednesday, April 24 at 2pm, with donations in his name requested to be made to Wells Lifeboat.