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Found after 30 years, man who was Belfast Telegraph's famous paperboy

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 03/12/2015

Telegraph seller Emmanuel McGhee
Telegraph seller Emmanuel McGhee
Emmanuel McGhee's image from the archives

He is responsible for one of the best-known images in the history of the Belfast Telegraph.

And although he turns 40 next week, former paperboy Emmanuel McGhee reckons he has still got the same "wee baby face" that has been selected for a stunning new porcelain artwork.

Mr McGhee, a warehouse operative at Harvey Norman in Mallusk, got a shock on Tuesday when family and friends called to say a picture of him at eight years old had been selected by artist Stephen Farnan to feature in a range of limited edition art pieces available on the newly-launched Belfast Telegraph Studio site.

The archive image was taken when he was selling our old broadsheet newspaper as he went about his part-time job over 30 years ago.

The 39-year-old from the New Lodge area of north Belfast said seeing the old picture of his days selling copies of the Tele was a happy surprise.

"My mum rang me to work and said my picture was in the paper," he said.

"I am going to be 40 next week, but I've still got a wee baby face!"

Mr McGhee explained his motivation for taking on a job after school all those years ago.

"I was eight when I became a paperboy," he said.

"Mum didn't have much money to spare, so it was to pay for my football training.

"I was based in Cornmarket after school and on Saturdays."

Emmanuel enjoyed his time as a paperboy, serving his regular customers and chatting to Belfast characters.

"I have great memories," he said.

"I had all my regular customers.

"They were good to talk to and so were the people in the Telegraph."

Mr McGhee was among the paper sellers known for their shouts of "Tele" around the city centre.

"I shouted 'Sixth Tele'. It was fun.

"I was a paperboy for years and then when I hit 15 I joined a YTP to be a painter and decorator."

Belfast Telegraph Studio is a new online shop offering people the opportunity to purchase arts, crafts, gifts and textiles. To make a purchase or for more information, visit www.belfasttelegraphstudio.co.uk

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