Fond tributes paid to young climber

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A CLIMBER died doing what he loved most, a grieving dad has said.

David Hutton-Potts, of Penns Road, Petersfield, paid tribute to his son, Jack, who died in a climbing accident in Wales over the weekend.

Jack, 23, and Vaughan Holme, 48, his former climbing tutor from Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, went missing when they were climbing in the North Stack area of Holyhead, Anglesey, on Saturday evening.

Their bodies were recovered from the sea the following morning.

Mr Hutton-Potts said: ‘An experienced climber, he had arranged to celebrate the completion of his exams with a climbing trip in Anglesey with his former teacher and climbing mentor Vaughan. He died doing what he loved most.’

He added: ‘Jack always lived his life to the full, finding the time between studying to build his own bicycle from scratch and had two part-time jobs selling outdoor equipment and assisting at the Boulder Brighton climbing centre. The exact nature of the accident is not known, but the family would like to express their thanks to the rescue services who found the two climbers.’