Tribute to Luke Southgate at top of the world

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A FORMER serviceman has unfurled a flag in tribute to fallen Bury St Edmunds airman Luke Southgate in the shadow of Mount Everest.

Peter Golding, 55, from Risby, climbed the 23,390ft Baruntse mountain in the Himalayas as part of a high altitude research project with Leeds Metropolitan University.

Peter, who previously worked as a physical trainer at RAF Honington and had led Luke through his basic training, proudly carried the flag with him for the duration of the five week trip.

He unfurled the memorial flag at the summit – in the shadow of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu – the 1st, 4th and 5th highest mountains in the world.

Peter said: “Baruntse is a difficult climb with some technical climbing which involved using ropes and crampons.

“But the view from the top was stunning – you can see some of the highest mountains in world from the peak.

“The day we were there was really clear, apart from the clouds that float over Everest.

“It was a fantastic experience scaling the mountain.

“Luke was such a popular figure.

“It was so sad when he died – he was the first lad to be lost in battle at Honington for a considerable time.

“I took the flag to the summit as it is so important to keep his name and his memory alive.”