Memorial service held for nine killed in Alps avalanche

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

Steve Barber, John Taylor and Roger Payne died as they traversed Mont Maudit - or Cursed Mountain - in the Mont Blanc range near Chamonix in the early hours of Thursday.

The other victims were three Germans, two Spaniards and one Swiss climber.

During the memorial service at the Eglise Saint-Michel in Chamonix the name of each of the victims was read out and a candle lit for them.