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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Wife 'devastated' after avalanche tragedy

John Taylor, 48, originally from Manchester, moved to Upper Poppleton, a village to the north-west of York, in 2003. As well as his wife Karine he leaves daughters Emma, 10, and eight-year-old Louise.

We are all truly devastated about this loss. John always had a keen interest in outdoor activities taking up mountaineering in 1998 and was a highly regarded and very active member of mountain rescue teams himself.

John had climbed several challenging mountains across the world, including Mont Blanc on two previous occasions. He was a highly respected climber and this event represents a significant loss to the UK climbing community.

In his personal life, John was a finance director, working within the public and private sectors. He will be sadly missed by his work colleagues.

– Karine Taylor, wife of John Taylor

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