London, England Phil

Full name: Philip Russell Campbell

Residence: London, United Kingdom

Age: 32 years

Profession: Management Consultant

Are there any websites, twitter IDs, or other social media information you want us to mention on this page? My Twitter is @philrcampbell, if people want to get in touch with me. 

What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes? Why do you enjoy them? I play a lot of sport - soccer, tennis - and have recently taken up triathlon. I love being active and am always fond of a bit of competition. Other than that I can be found listening to some live music or out with friends. 

When did you first hear about the town of Phil Campbell, Alabama? I heard about the town of Phil Campbell, Alabama in about 2006. A friend found the crest of the fire department online when partaking in some random Googleage and was intrigued. He sent it on to me and I couldn’t believe there was a town with my name. I made a very loose pledge to visit one day… not knowing what would happen years later. 

Were you able to attend the Phil Campbell Hoedown of June 2011? Of course! 

If you did go to the hoedown, what did you think of the experience? It was an amazing experience. I had no idea what to expect when I drove from Atlanta. I wasn’t sure what the town would be like, how the people would welcome us or what damage the tornado would have done.   

Arriving in town I headed to meet the other Phils (after a warm welcome from Police Chief Meryl and Deputy Teryl) and eventually met the wonderful Rita Barton. The first day was surreal. Helping out to clear debris up at the swimming pool was great but it took time to get used to the fact there was a lot of media interest and activities also. 

There were a number of highlights for me but the main one was getting a chance to learn a bit about and speak to the people of the town. Everyone was so generous with their time and conversation and so keen to welcome the Phils. It was amazing to learn first-hand what destruction the tornado had done and how the town was dealing with it so well. 

The parade was great fun and the hoedown itself showed how much an event like this could begin to allow people to start to move on after such a disaster. I should also add that the annual Phil Campbell 5k Hoedown Hustle was a personal highlight as I can now dubiously claim to be the fastest Phil Campbell in the World, finishing 10th/90…even though no other Phils entered.

You are a Phil Campbell. What do you think of that name? I am not sure I ever really considered it much when I was growing up. I didn’t know many Phils and always thought it was relatively individual (I think that was misspelled when checking in to the hotel in Russellville with the other 19 Phil Campbells). I am Scottish and moved from Glasgow to London, so the surname Campbell has a long and interesting history back home. It is a traditional Scottish name so I am proud to hold it and I think it’s clear now that no other first name would be better.

Tell us a little about yourself, as many words as you would like. I am a Scots-Phil Campbell living and working in London. I have a great circle of friends and family that has completely embraced the story of the town of Phil Campbell and its recovery. I will definitely be back to visit.

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