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Mervyn Pamment

Posted: February 11th, 2022

WE’VE just heard the sad news that former Sunday People picture editor Mervyn Pamment died suddenly this morning [February 11, 2022], aged 79.

His funeral is on Wednesday, March 30 at 1.20 pm at North East Surrey Crem, Lower Morden Lane, Morden SM4 4NU, and afterwards at The Oaks (Sport Centre) Golf Club, Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton SM5 4AN. (Susan Pamment would be grateful to know numbers attending – please RSVP via the Contact Us form in the drop-down menu.)

Mervyn Pamment began his career as a junior reporter on the Ely Standard. In 1963 he started freelancing for Mirror Group. He was later offered a full-time position on the news desk at The People, and served his later years there as picture editor.

He then moved on to a Nottingham news agency, and later went to Eddie Shah’s Today – which closed in 1995. Mervyn then freelanced from home for numerous newspapers, including The Mail and Mail on Sunday, before a permanent move to the Mail – which is where he stayed for about ten years until he retired.

A man of many talents, “Merv”, as he was known, held diverse positions on The People… from reporter to agony aunt, to assistant news editor under David Farr. Mervyn also had his own column – “Pamment’s People” – which featured gossip from Society and showbiz around the world.

When Denis O’Brien took over as picture editor at The People under Nick Lloyd, Mervyn moved from the news desk to the picture desk and became deputy picture editor. Eventually, he was promoted to picture editor.

After moves from Ely and St Neots, Mervyn settled in St Ives, Cambs with his first wife Carole and daughters Debbie and Allison. Mervyn was a local retained fireman, and this came in handy at The People where he doubled as a fire marshal. One day, clouds of smoke drifted from the office of editor Ernie Burrington. With shouts of: “Stand by!” Merv grabbed the nearest fire extinguisher, burst into Ernie’s office, and aimed it at the blazing wastepaper basket – where Ernie had discarded one of his many fags. The editor was not best pleased, and words ensued. Not nice words.

Having moved to Wallington, Surrey, in 1995, Mervyn retired aged 68, and enjoyed golf, gardening, and date-nights with his second wife Susan, who had two children, Nicola and Liza, who have seven children between them. Mervyn’s daughters from his first marriage, Debbie and Allison, have five children between them, and two grandchildren.

Mervyn was always the go-to man for contacts, as Plain John Smith explained: “You could say to Merv, ‘I’m off to Timbuktu and I need a local photographer.’” And Merv would have a local contact meeting Plain John at the airport.

With thanks to Dave Graves. Pic: Mirrorpix

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