Tributes to Ottery avalanche victim

Tom Chesters, a 28-year-old PhD student who was killed in an avalanche in Scotland on Saturday. Picture courtesy of Family Handout/PA

Tom Chesters, a 28-year-old PhD student who was killed in an avalanche in Scotland on Saturday. Picture courtesy of Family Handout/PA

Tributes have been paid to an Ottery student who died in an avalanche in Scotland on Saturday.

Tom Chesters, 28, who was studying for a PhD in medical engineering in Hull, was one of four climbers swept away by snow on Glencoe.

A former student at the King’s School, he was said to be one of Britain’s best competitive orienteerers, and had a promising future ahead of him.

He was with a group of friends, all experienced climbers, who were making their descent on Bidean Nam Bian in Glencoe on Saturday when an avalanche struck at about 2pm.

Four of the six were killed, including Tom’s long-term girlfriend, Rachel Majumdar, a 29-year-old doctor, originally from Merseyside, who worked at Harrogate District Hospital.

Friends of the couple said they had been dating for several years, and had ‘such a good future together’, planning to do voluntary work oversees.

Sam Morris, 35, said the only consolation in the tragedy was they died side-by-side doing something they both loved.

The University of Hull said it was ‘deeply saddened by this loss’, and expressed ‘heartfelt condolences to the families of all those affected by this tragedy, and especially to Tom’s family and friends’.

- See Friday’s Ottery Herald for the full story

0 comments

Other News Stories

Straitgate quarry plans aerial view

Ottery’s community has united in opposition to a proposed 100-acre quarry that has been slammed as ‘shocking’ and ‘detrimental to the town’.

Read more
41 minutes ago

Businesses that have loyally supported the Honiton economy say they are being forced out of an industrial estate to make way for a 150-homes development.

Read more
15:00
Axe Valle Communityy College Sixth former Ciaran Murphy at the grand piano with staff and students.

It was a grand performance – in every sense – when students and staff presented ‘A Chamber Music Recital’ at The Axe Valley Community College.

Read more
14:53

Victim left with facial injuries following Bideford assault.

Read more
12:51
Scenes from Barnstaple Elephant Day.

Crowds turned out to enjoy a busy Barnstaple Elephant Day on Saturday.

Read more
12:30

Budleigh could take control of its own destiny when it comes to housing development, after civic leaders agreed to investigate a Neighbourhood Plan for the town.

Read more
11:30
Issy Coman, Elizabeth Heighway and Milly Chaplyn.

There was a sense of sunshine and summer days on at The Axe Valley Community College as the music department put on their Summer Spectacular Concert to a packed audience.

Read more
11:00

Budleigh Salterton residents facing the prospect of a cycle track being built behind their homes are hopeful their concerns will be listened to after planners agreed to meet them

Read more
10:37
The boat on fire at Instow on Saturday. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Witnesses sought after estuary-side blaze on Saturday night

Read more
07:00
Barnstaple Race for Life 2015. Picture: Andy Keeble

All smiles in Barnstaple as cancer fundraiser starts with showers but ends in sunshine.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family Notices 24



Devon's trusted business finder