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Tributes to Helvellyn death fall walker Philip Ashton

Philip Ashton with his son Thomas
Image caption Philip Ashton's son Thomas said he was his best friend

The wife of a man who died in a fall from a Lake District mountain has said she has lost her "soulmate".

Philip Ashton, 43, from St Helens, Merseyside, was with friends when he fell from Swirral Edge on Helvellyn on 30 December. He died later in hospital.

His wife Caroline said life was never dull with her husband and he could make anyone laugh.

Three days earlier, another man suffered fatal head injuries in a fall from the same ridge.

Mrs Ashton said: "He was a fantastic dad to Thomas who is five - who always said his daddy was his best friend.

"We have been married eight years but been together since 1994 and loved every minute of it.

"He loved his family, his sister and his brothers who were very close, he loved spending time together and doing planned walks with them."

She said he was a keen footballer and enjoyed playing as well as being an Everton fan.

She said: "He has left a hole in our lives that can never be filled and I will love him for the rest of my life."

On 27 December, Alan Burns, 39, of Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, suffered head injuries when he fell from Swirral Edge and died later.

The falls prompted police and mountain rescue teams to appeal to walkers to take extra care and ensure they were fully-equipped for the winter weather.

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