Cheshire dad and son, 12, who died on hiking trip will 'never be forgotten'

-Credit: (Image: Police Scotland)
-Credit: (Image: Police Scotland)

The devastated wife and mother of a man and 12-year-old boy found dead after going hillwalking in the Scottish Highlands says the pair "will be sadly missed and never forgotten". Tom Parry, 49, and his son Richie, from Alsager, are thought to have died as the result of a fall, police said on Friday.

Rescuers searching for the missing pair recovered two bodies from Stob Coire Nan Lochan, Glen Coe, at around 7.25pm on Wednesday. They have now been formally identified as Tom and Richie.

Police said there are no suspicious circumstances and their deaths are being treated as the result of a fall. Tom's wife and Richie's mum, Gemma Parry, has paid tribute to them both.

She described Tom as a "caring and loving father" and husband, while her son was an “energetic, loving boy” who "always cared for others". In a statement issued through police, Gemma Parry said: "Tom was a caring and loving father to his children and a loving husband to me, his wife Gemma.

"Richie was an energetic, loving boy who loved his quizzes, maths, and sports. He always cared for others as well no matter what. We would like to take this chance to thank the Scottish and Cheshire police as well as the Mountain Rescue service along with all the other emergency services involved in finding Richie and Tom."

She added: “Tom and Richie will be sadly missed and never forgotten.” She also thanked the community of Alsager and “all of our family friends who have helped us and supported us throughout this time”.

Inspector Katy Duncan said: “Our thoughts remain with the Parry family at what is a very difficult time for them. We would like to thank everyone who responded to our appeal, to all emergency services and Mountain Rescue volunteers."

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