Christ’s Hospital pays tribute to ‘tragic loss’ of Anglesey climbers

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The head master of Christ’s Hospital (CH) says the school is ‘shocked and saddened’ by the death of two men who were climbing near Anglesey in North Wales on Saturday afternoon (June 15).

Vaughan Holme, 48, a Horsham resident and housemaster at CH, and former pupil Jack Hutton-Potts, 23, from Hampshire, were reported missing from the North Stack area of Holyhead at around 10.25pm on Saturday.

A search operation involving RAF 22 Squadron, the Coastguard and North Wales Police was halted at 1am on Sunday morning (June 16) and resumed at first light.

The bodies were located in the sea shortly after 7.15am.

Today (Monday June 17) staff and pupils at CH have paid tribute to the climbers.

Mr John Franklin, the head master, said, “CH is a very close-knit community and the tragic loss of a popular teacher and a young Old Blue who were both experienced climbers, has shocked and saddened staff, pupils and the Old Blue community.

“A chapel service has been held for the school and we are doing all that we can to support those affected by their deaths.”

He added: “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and in particular, Mr Holme’s wife and his two children in this difficult time.”