Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's So Hard to Believe Peter Is Not Coming Home

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's So Hard to Believe Peter Is Not Coming Home

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Byline: By Liz Walker

A heartbroken mum has spoken of her devastation after her son froze to death on a mountain when a skiing expedition went tragically wrong.

Kirstie Wilson, who was born and raised in Newcastle, is struggling to come to terms with the reality that son Peter, 18, will not return from the adventure holiday to Norway he had been so looking forward to.

Husband Rupert, 48, is in hospital in Bergen, Norway, where he is recovering from frostbite and hypothermia sustained on the same trip.

Kirstie, 51, who has lived in Balnain, Inverness-shire, Scotland for the last eight years, told the Chronicle: "We are still in shock. I have spoken to Rupert by phone and he is recovering but obviously he is very traumatised.

"He has been able to tell me something about what happened but it is very personal and he will tell me more when I see him. I don't know when that will be but hopefully he will be able to return soon. But I am staying in Scotland with my daughter, she is my priority now."

Kirstie, who grew up in Jesmond, where her parents Don and Nell McGuire lived until their death a few years ago, added: "Peter was a wonderful son and just a typical 18-year-old. He loved the outdoors. We live near a glen and he would go mountain biking and fishing. He was thinking about joining the army, but was considering a lot of other options too.

"He had done a bit of skiing before and he was really looking forward to this adventure. It is still hard to believe he his not coming back."

The family regularly returned to Tyneside to see friend's and relations.

Kirstie's sister Sheila Lough and her husband Hugh, who runs the farm shop at Wallington Hall, Northumberland, also paid tribute to their nephew.

Mother-of-three Sheila, who lives in Whalton, said: "He was a delightful, quiet, sensible lad with a lot going for him and a promising future ahead of him. …

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