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Obituary: Former picture editor Peter Bainbridge who spent 50 years at the Belfast Telegraph

Retired photographer Peter Bainbridge who has died at 71 spent his whole career with the Belfast Telegraph.

He joined as a trainee straight from Campbell College and down the next 50 years was on the staff, first as a photographer when the Troubles were at their height, then as the paper's picture editor and finally as a photographic manager.

Peter, who was unmarried, was a reserved individual, always looking for original pictures.

He was particularly renowned for teaching his skills to a range of young photographers and trainees who learnt their craft in the Belfast Telegraph.

"His father was a photographer too and that's how Peter caught the bug and picked up his first camera when he was still a schoolboy," said his former colleague Stanley Matchett. "He lived only for his cameras and quality cars.

"He had a remarkable career as a lensman in the one newspaper which he loved, rising from the apprentice ranks to the very top, guided by the late Eddie Sterling, a former picture editor."

Current Belfast Telegraph picture editor Peter Rainey said: "Peter was a valued member of the photographic team who passed his knowledge on to generations in the newspaper.

"He will be sadly missed by all of us at the Belfast Telegraph who knew him.

"He was a very hard-working individual who was always willing to give his time to help others."

Peter, who is survived by his sister Helen Bainbridge, was buried in Comber Cemetery after a tribute service in Gilnahirk Funeral Parlour.

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