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Revered: Portadown photographer Jim Lyttle has died at the age of 79

Revered: Portadown photographer Jim Lyttle has died at the age of 79

Revered: Portadown photographer Jim Lyttle has died at the age of 79

Tributes have been paid to Northern Ireland photographer Jim Lyttle, who has died aged 79.

A native of Portadown, Mr Lyttle had a long and distinguished career as a professional photographer, working in the newspaper world as well as in wedding, studio and commercial practice.

A former Ulster Unionist mayor of the borough, Julie Flaherty, said Mr Lyttle would be greatly missed by people of the area.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, she said: "Everybody knew Jim.

"I think he took photographs of every baby in the district for the last 40 years.

"He was a lovely man, and he will be sadly missed, for he has made memories for thousands of Portadown families over the years.

"His name and his legacy will live on in many a picture frame hanging in many a hall.

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"When you wanted a family portrait, it was Jim Lyttle or nobody!

"I'm sure there's hardly a house in this area that wouldn't have a Jim Lyttle portrait hanging in it," she said.

Journalist Carmel Robinson described Mr Lyttle as "a man like no other".

Posting on social media, she added: "He was unique.

"So sad for his wife and family.

"A great loss to us all."

Speaking to the Portadown Times, former editor David Armstrong paid tribute to his late colleague, and said Mr Lyttle's photography had contributed much to the strength of the weekly paper the paper during the Sixties and Seventies.

"There's hardly a house in the town that does not feature some of his work," Mr Armstrong revealed.

"Jim took great pride in every assignment, and covering the wedding scenes gave him particular pleasure - especially when the brides were often the offspring of parents whose weddings he had previously covered.

"Like hundreds of people all over the country, I have some of Jim's work hanging in my own home.

"The photographs remind me of a brilliant craftsman, a proud Portadown man and one who had a big influence on my own career in the newspaper business."

Mr Lyttle's funeral is to held in private due to the current Covid-19 restrictions.


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