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Funeral for avalanche victims

The funeral is taking place for Steve Barber and John Taylor from Upple Poppleton, near York who were killed in an avalanche on Mont Blanc.

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John Taylor family tribute

John Taylor

John’s wife, Karine Taylor, said: “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.

“He had climbed several challenging mountains across the world, including Mont Blanc twice. He was a highly respected climber and this is 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. The family would like to pay tribute to the Mountain Rescue teams based in France and elsewhere that tried to save John and his good friend Steve.

“They would also like to thank the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the assistance offered and provided at this time.”

John, originally from Manchester, moved to Poppleton in 2003. He leaves behind his wife Karine and his two daughters, Emma,10, and Louise, eight.

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