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Lough Melvin send-off for late Tele journalist

Kelly, the widow of Paul Eccleston, scatters his ashes as family and friends took a flotilla of four boats out on Lough Melvin
Kelly, the widow of Paul Eccleston, scatters his ashes as family and friends took a flotilla of four boats out on Lough Melvin

By Michael Donnelly

The ashes have been scattered in Fermanagh of former Belfast Telegraph head of news Paul Eccleston after he passed away at the age of 67.

His wife Kelly was joined by family and friends as they travelled this week from his English home to what he had always felt, and described, as his home from home among the county's lakelands on what would have been his 68th birthday.

Such was his reputation that other friends travelled from far and wide to be with them.

Many words have been written about the journalist who first graced the pages of the Belfast Telegraph and other local news sheets before his rise to the national press of Fleet Street.

It was also fitting that this keen fisherman, a former winner of the Roscor Cup, should be taken on one final trip upon Lough Melvin out of Garrison.

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