Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Climber Jack Hutton-Potts funeral held

Funeral of Jack Hutton-Potts
Image caption Friends and family gathered for the funeral in a woodland setting

The funeral of a young climber from Hampshire who died while scaling cliffs on the north Wales coast has been held.

Friends, family and fellow-climbers attended the funeral of Jack Hutton-Potts, 23, in woodland near East Meon.

He died alongside his friend Vaughan Holme, 48, a teacher at Christ's Hospital School near Horsham where Mr Hutton-Potts was a former pupil.

They had been climbing near North Stack on Anglesey in June. Their bodies were found following an air sea search.

Mr Hutton-Potts' sister Anna Miller said the woodland setting of the South Downs Natural Burial Site was a "fitting place" for her brother's funeral.

"We're here because we think this is in keeping with his ethos - he was very much aware of the environment... and a great traveller," she said.

Image caption Jack Hutton-Potts was an experienced climber

Mr Hutton-Potts had been studying for a biosciences degree at the University of Sussex.

The bodies of the two men were reportedly found roped together in the sea near the 400ft (120m) Gogarth cliffs, on 16 June after an air and sea search.

The pair had been reported missing the previous night after they had failed to meet friends.

The cliffs at Gogarth Bay are popular with climbers.

North west Wales coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones has adjourned an inquest at Caernarfon until a date to be fixed.

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