I had the privilege of meeting David Bellamy three times, mainly through being a member of the Boys’ Brigade and via my amazing art teacher, Sheila Mackie.
Obviously, David Bellamy’s enthusiasm was completely contagious and after watching his TV programmes, like many young people, I became fascinated by creepy crawlies and plants – and undoubtedly he was my first introduction to the importance of the environment.
I once sent him a letter asking for some advice and this is where David Bellamy’s true brilliance came to the fore.
For his reply, he took my original letter, turned it over, wrote the response on the back and in big letters across the top wrote RECYCLED.
Tonight, I will be raising a glass to the great man, remembering his passion and knowledge but most of all, his incredible enthusiasm.
PS Do you have any memories of your own about this wonderful man or any thoughts you can share which conjure up the power of enthusiasm? Please leave your comments below.