Memorial held for Alps victims

A memorial service has been held for nine climbers, including three Britons, killed in a huge avalanche in the French Alps.

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Climber dreamed of reaching Mont Blanc summit

Steve Barber, 47, was attempting to climb Mont Blanc for the first time. His long-term partner Donna Rogers said:

As might be expected, the family and I are all devastated at the loss of Steve and his close friend John.

Steve, like John, loved the outdoors and was a keen walker. He always wanted to climb Mont Blanc, an ambition that this trip was to fulfil.

He had been training hard for the ascent and had successfully completed several challenging climbs in Europe and in the UK prior to this trip.

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