In the headlines this week there was an avalanche in the french Alps that killed two British mountain climbers. John Taylor and Steve Barber were among nine people killed on Mont Maudit, near Chamonix, on Thursday.

It is believed they were from Upper Poppleton, near York, and were climbing to raise money for a local hospice.

A third Briton killed in the avalanche was named on Thursday evening as experienced climber Roger Payne, who had been working as a mountain guide.

Mr Payne, originally from Hammersmith, was a former general secretary of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).

The trio had been part of a 28-strong group traversing Mont Maudit before dawn in an attempt to reach the summit of Mont Blanc.

According to the Prefecture de la Haute-Savoie, two people from Spain, three Germans and one Swiss were the others killed in the avalanche.

A church service is to be held in Chamonix on Saturday in memory of the dead climbers, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls said.

My thoughts go out to the friends and family of these two brave souls who died on the mountainside.

Sources:- BBC News