Lanarkshire grandad killed in motorbike crash on holiday with pals

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A heartbroken daughter has paid tribute to her ‘gentle giant’ dad who died after a motorbike accident in Wales.

Grandad Duncan Cameron, from Cumbernauld, was on a holiday with pals when tragedy struck on Friday afternoon near Aberystwyth on the coast of Wales.

The 62-year-old died at the scene from his injuries sustained in the collision between his silver Honda motorbike and a black BMW.



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Officers from Police Scotland broke the news to his partner Valerie’s doorstep after liaising with officers from Dyfed-Powys Police.

Daughter Hollie, 31, told our sister paper the Daily Record: “It’s a distressing time for us and we just want him home.

“Everybody keeps asking us how we are, but it’s hard to say. Not being able to see him makes things hard.

“A post-mortem will take place in Wales and only after that will an undertaker be able to bring him to Scotland.

“I think it could take weeks. We don’t know when we will get his personal possessions back.”



Duncan Cameron, 62, died on Friday after he was struck by a car in Wales.
Duncan Cameron, 62, died on Friday after he was struck by a car in Wales.

Hollie and her brothers, Robert, 36, and Scott, 34, have been overwhelmed by touching messages of support from the community.

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“So many people have paid tribute to him and said he was a ‘big, gentle giant’. He was 6ft and very broad, so he was definitely noticed in the local community,” Hollie continued.

Duncan spent most of his life in Cumbernauld, but in recent years he had lived with his partner Valerie in Coatbridge.

He dedicated years of his life working for North Lanarkshire Council as a lifeguard, but his huge passion was motorbikes – a hobby that lasted a lifetime.

Hollie, who is the chairwoman of the Kelvin Labor Party, added: “He taught many people in Cumbernauld how to swim and loved his job, so he was very well-known and liked around the town.



Duncan Cameron with his partner Valarie, daughter Hollie and her husband Michael on their wedding day, as the 'bump' into two bikers!
Duncan Cameron with his partner Valarie, daughter Hollie and her husband Michael on their wedding day, as the ‘bump’ into two bikers!

“He loved his motorbikes. He met my mum through their shared interest in bikes and my brother also took a keen liking to them so it is definitely a family thing.

“Just on Friday morning I posted a photo on social media of his tour on the road in Wales.

“He made a lot of friends through it and it’s a close-knit community so we’ve also had a lot of kind messages from bikers too.”

Duncan was also a well-loved granddad to four-year-old Alyssa and one-year-old Aurelia.

Hollie added: “He was a very proud granddad and my children loved spending time with him, especially reading stories with them.

“They’re not sure what’s going on and they’re wondering why everyone’s sad.

“I wish I could speak to him but we can all be glad of the time we had with him.

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“I have a lot of happy memories with my dad in childhood, he was a lot of fun and a big kid at heart.”

Many of Hollie’s political colleagues also passed on their condolences following her dad’s tragic death.

Anas Sarwar, the leader of Scottish Labour, said: “I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Hollie. Please take care. Thoughts with you and the family.”

Monica Lennon, Central Scotland MSP for Labour, added: “Oh, Hollie. Sending you all my love. Deeply sorry for your loss. We are all here for you.”

And SNP MP for Airdrie and Shotts, Anum Qaisar, said: “I’m so sorry for your loss Holly, sending you lots of love.”

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said they are investigating a two-vehicle collision on the B4576 between Llanfarian and Llangwyrfon shortly before 3.15pm on Friday, April 29.

She told us: “The collision occurred just south of Aberystwyth and involved a silver Honda motorcycle and a black BMW.

“Tragically, the 62-year-old male rider of the motorcycle sustained fatal injuries and passed away at the scene. The driver of the BMW is helping us with our inquiries.”

Anyone who witnessed this collision, or has any dash camera footage are asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police, either online here, by emailing [email protected], or by calling 101.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111..

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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