Mine victim Malcolm’s 27th birthday remembered

tomorrow (Saturday) will be very emotional for the family and friends of Malcolm Campbell as they mark what would have been the popular young Cameron man’s 27th birthday.

Malcolm was one of 29 men killed in the 2010 Pike River mining disaster in New Zealand, where efforts to recover their bodies remain on hold owing to safety fears over entering the mine at Greymouth.

A memorial service was held in St Leonards Church, St Andrews, on January 28 last year to celebrate his life.

Tales were told of Malcolm as a young boy in Cameron, forever tinkering with motorbikes and dreaming up schemes that he hoped would one day make him his fortune.

Colleagues from Pike River described how his infectious personality rubbed off on everyone who met him and how his mechanical skills quickly made him the man they all turned to for help.

His parents, Jane and Malcolm snr, are currently spending time with their daughter Kerry in Australia.

Jane said this week: “We can only try and stay strong and get through the years as best we can until our men can be laid to rest.

“The commission starts again in February but, quite frankly, nothing is going to help. This will be the second birthday without him, we definitely thought that he would have been home by now.

“We go through all the scenarios - what if something happens to one of us and we never get the chance to see him home.

‘‘Only the other 28 families will know what we are going through.”