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Squadron Leader Clive Dempster DFC
Nationality English
Gender Male
Hair Brown
Age 39
Job Entertainment Manager
Actor David Grffin
First Ted At The Helm
Last The Wind Of Change

The aristocratic war hero who replaced Jeffrey Fairbrother as Entertainment Manager at the start of the 1960 season. He was the complete opposite to Fairbrother - a maverick ladies' man who enjoyed cheating the campers just as much as Ted. He was reckless with the money his family occasionally sent him, drank cocktails rather than beer, provided champagne at staff meetings and drove a red MG TC convertible. Clive was born on the 16th January 1921, the only son of William, Lord Dempster, and Lady Dempster (née Helen Mary Waverston). He grew up in Cambridgeshire at the family estate of Dempster Hall, where his father's unmarried siblings also resided. During the Second World War he served in the RAF and rose to the rank of Squadron Leader, and lead numerous night-time raids over Germany, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). He found life difficult upon demobilisation and spent several years drifting. He briefly became manager of a Country Club but was robbed by his business partner and left with a large debt to pay. He then joined Maplins as Entertainment Manager, and ran the camp in a far more laid-back way than his predecessor, Jeffrey Fairbrother. Unlike Fairbrother, Clive got involved with Ted's money-making schemes, the most memorable being when they drugged several campers in order to search their chalets for a stolen necklace. It was revealed that Joe Maplin gave Clive the job because he desired a knighthood, and he believed Clive's connection to the aristocracy could help him acquire this. Clive began a relationship with Gladys shortly after arriving at Maplins, and eventually married her (against his family's wishes) at the end of the 1960 season. They emigrated to Australia where he had been offered a job flying commercial planes by his former RAF Wing Commander.