Jan 21 2013 By Cheryl Mullin
“They were in love since they met in their first year of university,” he said.
“They were just so soft and sweet with each other - two people so at ease together. They were having fun making plans.
“They had dreams of doing voluntary work oversees together.
“Some of the comfort we have drawn is that these guys had been together to the end. At least they were doing what they liked doing.
Mr Morris said he met Dr Majumdar several times when she visited Mr Chesters in France.
He added: “All four of them were people with a bright future and all of them were committed to making a difference. It’s such a loss.”
Friends have said the group were experienced climbers who loved the mountains and were well-equipped for the trek.
Mr Bell, from Blackburn in Lancashire, was studying for a PhD in ocean mapping in Oban.
His parents were reported to be too upset to comment from their home in Osbaldeston, near Blackburn, but a tribute was issued on the Facebook page of his father’s decking business, Evabel.
The statement read: “We are so sad to let everyone know that Simon & Alison’s son Chris was one of the people who were killed in the avalanche in Glencoe.
“Chris was a wonderful son, friend and human being. Our thoughts and prayers are with Simon, Alison & (brother) Ed at this awful time.”
Mr Chesters had been living in Leeds and working towards his PhD qualification at Hull University, while Ms Finnegan, originally from Coleraine in Co Londonderry, was a qualified doctor who lived in Edinburgh.
The woman in hospital is being cared for at Glasgow’s Southern General after suffering severe head injuries in the incident.
One man survived by leaping from the collapsing sheet of snow and hammering an ice axe into firmer ground.